Australia: No end to the dispute with China
Australia

No end to the dispute with China

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Cattle farming is an important industry in Australia and provides high export earnings.
Cattle farming is an important industry in Australia and provides high export earnings.

AUSTRALIA, Canberra. Regulators in China have revoked the export permit of another beef company in Australia for shipments to the People's Republic.

According to media reports, the company in question is a slaughterhouse owned by Teys, the second largest beef producer, in Naracoorte in the southeast of the country. According to the company, production there was in full compliance with all national and international regulations. However, there had recently been a major Corona outbreak, which presumably led to the lockdown. Political tensions between the two countries are also likely to play a role, which, in addition to punitive tariffs on Australian barley and wine since 2020, have already led to the withdrawal of export permits for nine other beef exporters from Australia. China criticized incorrect labeling or residue problems. According to the companies concerned and the Australian authorities, these have long since been rectified, and the necessary documents for the resumption of deliveries to the authorities of the People's Republic have been submitted. However, nothing has happened.

After two years of "trade war," the Australian Meat Industry Council (AMIC) now called on the government in Canberra to resolve the differences. "The time for a better relationship with China is now. The issues for Australia's largest agribusinesses need to be resolved more effectively and efficiently," said AMIC executive director Patrick Hutchinson. He said Australia sold just over 300,000 t of beef to China two years ago; by 2021, that figure was barely half. However, according to Australia's Trade Minister Dan Tehan, resolving the political trade disputes is difficult because Chinese authorities refused to engage in serious talks. Therefore, the government is trying to open up new sales markets through free trade agreements, including with the United Kingdom, the European Union or India. While welcoming these important efforts, Hutchinson also noted that success to date in sales alternatives has not been enough to offset the losses from the China business.

Source: fleischwirtschaft.de; AgE

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