March 1, 2013
Australia has secured market access for lamb to India, free of quotas, and based on Australia’s compliance with India’s food safety requirements. Trade Minister Craig Emerson and Agriculture Minister Joe Ludwig made the announcement today. “I am advised that Indians are fast developing a taste for our world renowned lamb, and that a number of Australian exporters are looking to this growing market,” Dr Emerson said. “India’s economic growth is creating a rapidly expanding middle class that is looking for quality products of the sort Australia readily provides. “India already has a middle class of around 170 million.” Dr Emerson said as the government had highlighted in its White Paper on Australia in the Asian Century, Asia would soon be home to the majority of the world’s middle class. “Working with India to have our lamb enter this massive market is exactly the sort of cooperation we are seeking with the countries of Asia to drive Australia’s prosperity,” Dr Emerson said. Dr Emerson was in India last month for talks with his counterpart on the trade and investment relationship between the two countries. India is Australia’s fourth largest export market and the two-way trading relationship currently stands at around $18 billion.