Tit- for- tat trade fear over Australian export meat ban to China

Six Australian meat companies have been barred from selling beef and lamb to China, raising concerns about the reliability of Australia’s $750 million meat ­export trade with the Asian powerhouse.

The temporary bans are linked to meatworks in specific locations across three states, with Chinese import authorities imposing the bans because labels “did not comply” with paperwork.

But it is feared the meat export bans are tit-for-tat retaliation for Australia’s decision earlier this year to ban all imports of fresh and cooked prawns from China.

The prawn ban, which also ­affected Vietnamese prawns, was imposed by Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce after an outbreak of white spot disease devastated several prawn farms in southern Queensland.

The meatworks affected by the bans ironically include the Kilcoy abattoir at Gympie, Queensland, which is owned by China’s New Hope group. Also affected are two run by the world’s biggest meat business, Brazil’s JBS, at Scone, NSW, and Beef City near Toowoomba, Queensland; Thomas Foods Group’s lamb meatworks at Murray Bridge, South Australia; the Cannon Hill abattoir owned by Australian Country Choice, and the Northern Meat Co-operative in Casino, NSW.

Trade Minister Steve Ciobo said he had been ­advised on Wednesday of the bans by Chinese officials concerned about labelling “inconsistencies”.

China has given the Australian exporters 45 days to ­address the mislabelling concerns.

But Mr Ciobo said there was much greater urgency, given that all of the companies had ­containers of frozen beef and lamb on ships due to arrive in China soon.

“The significance of this is certainly something that has mobilised action on our part; this is a crucial export industry with tens if not hundreds of millions of dollars (of meat) directly affected by these bans,” Mr Ciobo said.

“We want to deal with this as expediently as possible, and to solve whatever problems the Chinese have with these meatworks.”

He added that he had spoken to Chinese authorities on Wednesday and that Australia’s acting ambassador to China would hold talks in Beijing on Thursday.

One major Australian meat exporter said his Chinese staff had altered him a fortnight ago to fears Australian meat imports were about to face extra scrutiny.

Source: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/six-australian-companies-hit-with-china-meat-export-bans/news-story/a47bc7af1baa81067aa46439bebe45b1

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  1. Diane Wilson says:

    There used to be an old story about the stupidity of ‘putting all your eggs in one basket’. And that is what the smart-arses in this country have done. Used their bank accounts instead of their brains when considering how much they could trust the communist chinese who could never be trusted. And of course, the smart-arses with their well lined pockets are not the ones who will suffer when our industries are killed off.

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