Red Meat 2030 stakeholders have this week received a briefing from the Australian Meat Industry Council (AMIC) on the widely reported market access issues into China, most recently affecting beef exporting businesses in Queensland and New South Wales.

AMIC continues to actively work to restore market access for these companies with the Australian and Chinese authorities.

The Ministers for Trade and Agriculture released a joint statement:

“… four Australian meat establishments have been suspended by Chinese Authorities over issues related to labelling and health certificate requirements.

We are concerned that the suspensions appear to be based on highly technical issues, which in some cases date back more than a year.

We’ve been speaking with industry leaders, colleagues and departments overnight to formulate a comprehensive response. We will work with industry and authorities in both Australia and China to seek to find a solution that allows these businesses to resume their normal operations as soon as possible.”

12 May 2020

China is a crucially important market for the Australian red meat and livestock industry, and this will continue to be the case as the world regathers from the economic impacts of COVID-19.

It is anticipated that 11 of Australia’s 15 highest value red meat markets will enter into recession. Diversification of markets will be a critical driver for resilience for Australian exporters and beef, sheepmeat and goatmeat producers.

AMIC will continue to work with the government on this matter, and will provide the industry with regular updates as information comes to hand.

A full trade briefing on the Chinese market for Australian red meat and livestock can be accessed here. 

Fast Facts:

  • China is Australia’s largest export market for beef and red meat as a whole
  • 2019 red meat exports totalled 452,974 tonnes at a value of $3.8 billion
  • 2019 beef exports totalled 300,133 tonnes at a value of $2.67 billion
  • China accounted for about a quarter of total beef exports
  • 2020 exports were performing well compared to the same time last year
  • Beef exports are up by 10% in volume and 30% in value
  • Sheepmeat exports are down by 13% in volume but up by 11% in value