July 22, 2013
Indonesia has announced it will increase the number of Australian cattle it will import following discussions between the Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and the Indonesian President Susilio Bambang Yudhoyono.
The new regulation released in Indonesia on Thursday allows for the import of additional cattle from Australia through to December, 2013.
An additional 25,000 head of cattle can be exported in the next three months. Further imports for the second three month period will be advised by the Indonesian Ministry of Agriculture.
Importantly there is no weight restriction on the cattle to be exported with Indonesia indicating that the animals should be ready for slaughter.
The Rudd Government looks forward to Australian and Indonesian industry collaborating with producers and shipping companies to source cattle from Northern Australia for export.
The Australian Government understands Indonesia’s desire to stabilise the price of beef during Ramadan and into the future.
The Rudd Government and Australian industry are keen to work with Indonesia to plan for longer term certainty in the market to ensure Indonesia’s requirements are met.
This includes the Indonesia Australia Red Meat and Cattle Forum announced during the Prime Minister’s visit to Indonesia on 5 July and the $60 million allocated by the Rudd Government to support improvements in the Indonesian beef supply sector.
The Rudd Government welcomes the Indonesian Government’s recognition and support for the export of cattle consistent with animal welfare standards, including Australia’s regulatory requirements in the Exporter Supply Chain Assurance System (ESCAS).