China has lifted the import ban on Australian beef after several months. The country’s quarantine agency imposed the ban last July after some boxes of exported beef didn’t match packet labels inside, according to AAP.
“I am grateful for Chinese authorities who worked alongside us to get us back on track,” trade minister Steve Ciobo told the Nine Network on Tuesday.
The Turnbull Coalition Government said China has lifted the suspension of red meat imports from six Australian meat processing facilities, which accounts for 30 per cent of Australia’s beef exports to China.
“I also acknowledge the hard work of Barnaby Joyce and the assistant minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, Craig Laundy, in representing the importance of this industry to Australia’s economy and the quality of the product made available for Chinese consumers,” Ciobo said.
He said the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA) has assisted in resolving the suspension on beef.
“We respect the Chinese Government’s strong commitment to food safety for their consumers and understand the importance of meeting their import requirements,” he added. “The Turnbull Coalition Government works hard to preserve our clean, green and safe food credentials and this remains key to maintaining our agricultural trade with countries such as China. We will continue to work together to build on the successes of the ChAFTA to our mutual benefit.”
Australia’s beef exports to China were worth $670 million in 2016. China is Australia’s largest trading partner.