Australia Gains Access To EU Grainfed Beef Quota

AUSTRALIA - On 20 January 2010, the European Union (EU) granted Australia access to its new 20,000 tonne grainfed beef quota.
calendar icon 21 January 2010
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Meat & Livestock Australia

The duty-free quota, which first became available in August last year, is available to eligible countries on a non-discriminatory basis, says Meat and Livestock Australia. The quota will operate annually (1 July to 30 June) via licences awarded to EU importers.

The strict product specifications of the new quota (hormone growth promotant free and 100 days on feed) is likely to limit exports to those companies willing to operate in this specialised marketplace.

The Australian beef industry (Australian Meat Industry Council, Cattle Council of Australia, Australian Lot Feeders’ Association, AUS-MEAT and Meat & Livestock Australia) collaborated with the Australian Government and its officials here and overseas to ensure all the conditions set out by the EU in accessing this quota will be met.

This additional market access is greatly valued by Australian beef producers, processors and importers alike as it provides an opportunity to service the growing demand for imported beef in the EU.

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