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Indonesia to Increase Australian Beef Imports

Release Date

26 June 2013

Indonesia has announced imports of premium Australian beef will be exempt from quotas following negotiations with the Australian Government.

The Indonesian Government also confirmed quotas applying to live cattle for the second half of the year will be brought forward, with a further review of supply and demand to be undertaken later in the year.

Minister for Trade and Competitiveness Craig Emerson and Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Joe Ludwig welcomed Indonesia’s announcement, which will benefit Australian beef producers and exporters.

An additional quota exemption has also been flagged which would enable Indonesia’s rice trading enterprise Bulog to import beef products, such as frozen carcasses, for supply to local markets. The additional supply measures are aimed at stabilising the supply and cost of beef in Indonesia’s domestic markets ahead of Ramadan next month and the Eid Fitri Festival in August.

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