Chinese government lifted ban for Australian beef

Chinese government lifted ban for Australian beef

Six of Australia's largest exporters had to find alternative markets while negotiations continued over the past three months. Australian Country Choice, Thomas Foods International, Kilcoy Pastoral Company, JBS Beef City, Primo JBS and Northern Co-operative Meat Company were the companies affected by the suspension in trade. Exports from Monbeef in Cooma were also reportedly suspended about 4-6 weeks ago. Chief executive of the Australian Meat Industry Council, Patrick Hutchinson, said it was an expensive problem, with "conservative estimates of about a million dollars a day in lost opportunity across those six establishments (based) around their inability to send to China".

Australian Meat Industry Council chairman Lachie Hart said the peak body had worked “hand in glove” with the Department of Agriculture to address the bans. “This issue was impacting our members, and in turn the whole supply chain,” Mr Hart said. “This outcome also shows that recent unhelpful media was ‘well off the mark’ regarding industry cohesiveness and our industry relationship with our great trading partner China.”

China's quarantine agency imposed the ban in late July after discovering labels on some boxes of exported beef did not match packet labels inside.