First cattle shipment to China

First cattle shipment to China

Australia`s growing cattle export trade to China has marked another milestone, with the first shipment of slaughter cattle to be sourced and shipped from northern Australia set to leave for China. The shipment is scheduled to arrive at the Port of Ningbo south of Shanghai in just 10-11 days’ time.

The consignment comprises grassfed steers averaging 570kg, and with breed types including Brangus, Charbray, Simbrah, Droughtmaster cross and Santa Gertrudis cross. Twelve months ago NACC became the first exporter to send a sea-shipment of Australian cattle to China under the new trade, which was established with an export agreement signed between both countries alongside the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement in 2015.

NACC has now played another key role in the trade’s development by coordinating this shipment which opens access to the Chinese market for cattle producers in northern Australia. The health protocol governing the Australia-China cattle trade applies additional conditions on cattle sourced from within northern Australia’s Bluetongue Virus (BTV) possible transmission zone. All previous shipments of slaughter cattle to China from Australia since the trade commenced comprising three small air-consignments in 2015-16 and four sea shipments in 2017 – have been sourced from southern Australia.

The shipment is due to arrive at Ningbo Port in China’s Zheijang Province in late January. Chinese protocol conditions require that imported slaughter cattle must be processed within 14 days of arrival at port. The timing of this shipment will allow the beef from this consignment to be available in the Chinese market just in time for Chinese New Year festival which is starting from February 15.

Source: NACC