Category: International Trading

March cattle exports slip to 55,073 head

Australian cattle export volumes slipped to 55,073 in March, well below the rolling  five year average for the month of 82,955 head. Source: Beef Central March cattle exports slip to 55,073 head

Australia backs livestock exports despite NZ sea shipment ban plan

AUSTRALIA’S Government and exporters have backed continuing live sheep and cattle exports despite a New Zealand plan to end all livestock shipments by sea by 2023 being applauded by the RSPCA. Source: Sheep Central Australia backs livestock exports despite NZ sea shipment ban plan

NZ announces ban on live cattle exports, with two-year phase out

The New Zealand Government has this morning announced a ban on live cattle exports by sea, with a two-year period to phase out the trade. Source: Beef Central NZ announces ban on live cattle exports, with two-year phase out

US beef price rally augers well for grinding meat exports

There’s a more positive mood emerging in export beef trade circles this week, as a strong rally in US grinding meat prices lifts spirits somewhat, after what has been a particularly bleak trading period. Imported grinding beef prices have hit levels unseen since panic buying in the US in May last year, when up to… Read more »

New season test for northern live export prices

Northern export cattle prices have softened from record highs, albeit slightly, as the annual nexus arrives between new season supply coming on and the passing of the traditional pre-Ramadan rush on demand in Indonesia. Source: Beef Central New season test for northern live export prices

Wool exporters seek finalised sheep freeze branding report

AUSTRALIA’S wool exporters and brokers believes industry stakeholders must be given the opportunity to adjust their submissions to a National Wool Declaration review after viewing a finalised sheep freeze branding research report. Source: Sheep Central Wool exporters seek finalised sheep freeze branding report

International market briefings set for Beef 2021

THE strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats in three of Australia’s most significant boxed beef and live cattle export markets will be explored during a series of market briefing sessions to be held during Beef 2021 in Rockhampton next month. Source: Beef Central International market briefings set for Beef 2021

Saudi live sheep trade not good for animal welfare – RSPCA

A PLAN to re-open the live sheep trade to Saudi Arabia is bad news for the welfare of Australian animals, according to the RSPCA. Source: Sheep Central Saudi live sheep trade not good for animal welfare – RSPCA

Scabby mouth is one of many obstacles to Saudi sheep trade

AUSTRALIAN sheep will need to vaccinated just once for scabby mouth to be eligible for export to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia under a new pathway announced this week. Source: Sheep Central Scabby mouth is one of many obstacles to Saudi sheep trade

AWEX rejects industry calls to delay National Wool Declaration Review

THE Australian Wool Exchange has rejected a call from brokers and exporters to extend the submission period for the National Wool Declaration review. Source: Sheep Central AWEX rejects industry calls to delay National Wool Declaration Review

The rise, fall and rise again of Australia’s cattle trade to Vietnam

Australia’s cattle export trade to Vietnam has grown quietly but surely in recent years, to the surprising point where it almost surpassed Indonesia as Australia’s highest value cattle export market last year. Source: Beef Central The rise, fall and rise again of Australia’s cattle trade to Vietnam

March beef exports hit ten-year lows

Continuing a trend seen since late last year, Australia’s March beef exports totalled just 83,438 tonnes – down 11pc year-on-year, and hitting a ten-year in-month low. Source: Beef Central March beef exports hit ten-year lows

Saudi sheep exports back on, but no mention of ESCAS

LIVESTOCK exporters have welcomed the establishment of a new pathway to export Australian sheep to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Source: Sheep Central Saudi sheep exports back on, but no mention of ESCAS

Wool plans coalition to impress natural fibre case on EU

AUSTRALIAN Wool Innovation plans to form an international natural fibre coalition to ensure plant and animal fibres are not harmed under the European Union’s Product Environmental Footprint Scheme. Source: Sheep Central Wool plans coalition to impress natural fibre case on EU

Modern-day ‘Suez Crisis’ disrupts world trade

The six-day blockage of the Suez Canal by the MV Ever Given is expected to put upward pressure on bulk and container sea freight as shipping lines factor in wait times for some vessels and lengthened routes for others. Source: Sheep Central Modern-day ‘Suez Crisis’ disrupts world trade

Modern-day ‘Suez Crisis’ disrupts world trade

The six-day blockage of the Suez Canal by the MV Ever Given is expected to put upward pressure on bulk grain freight as shipping lines factor in wait times for some vessels and lengthened routes for others. Source: Beef Central Modern-day ‘Suez Crisis’ disrupts world trade

Livex cost recovery charge hikes “fail the pub test” says outgoing NTCA president

Plans by Canberra to impose significant increases in live export cost recovery charges would not only fail the “pub test” from Townsville to Broome, they “wouldn’t even make it into the carpark”, Northern Territory Cattlemen’s Association president Chris Nott told the association’s annual conference in Alice Springs on Friday. Source: Beef Central Livex cost… Read more »

Live exports being 'regulated into oblivion', says outgoing Cattlemen's president

The NT Cattlemen’s Association’s outgoing president says Canberra’s cost recovery program for regulating the live export industry would cut profits for the entire industry.  Source: ABC Livestock Live exports being ‘regulated into oblivion’, says outgoing Cattlemen’s president

Live exporters seek advice on COVID vaccinations for vets and stockhands

Getting definitive guidance through official channels remains elusive but written advice suggests veterinarians and stock hands working on livestock export ships should now be eligible to receive COVID vaccinations. Source: Beef Central Live exporters seek advice on COVID vaccinations for vets and stockhands

Australia is still world’s biggest goat meat exporter

AUSTRALIA is still the world’s top goat meat exporter despite accounting for only about one per cent of global production after a drop in shipments last year. Source: Sheep Central Australia is still world’s biggest goat meat exporter

Trust In Australian Wool campaign attracts worldwide interest

MORE than 300 industry stakeholders worldwide registered for the inaugural Trust in Australian Wool campaign launch last night. Source: Sheep Central Trust In Australian Wool campaign attracts worldwide interest

WTO called on to help settle Australia-China barley dispute

The Australian Government will ask the WTO to establish a dispute-settlement panel in the next phase of the process to resolve anti-dumping and countervailing duties imposed on Australian barley by China. Source: Grain Central WTO called on to help settle Australia-China barley dispute

Vale Ian McIvor

Respected Australian live export industry identity Ian McIvor passed away yesterday, aged 90. Source: Sheep Central Vale Ian McIvor

Record live export cattle prices putting pressure on Indonesia ahead of Ramadan

All kinds of records have been broken in Australia’s beef industry this year, including the price for cattle getting exported to Indonesia. That’s great news for Australia’s cattle producers, but what does it mean for our biggest live cattle customer? Source: ABC Livestock Record live export cattle prices putting pressure on Indonesia ahead of… Read more »

Vale Ian McIvor

Respected Australian live export industry identity Ian McIvor passed away yesterday, aged 90. Source: Beef Central Vale Ian McIvor

February live cattle export data shows reduced trade activity

Australian cattle exports totalled 57,223 cattle in February, well below the five year average for the month of 80,729 head, adding weight to trade reports of increasing buyer resistance in key markets to record high Australian cattle prices. Source: Beef Central February live cattle export data shows reduced trade activity

Processors welcome Govt decision to extend airfreight export initiative

The Federal government’s decision today to extend the COVID airfreight assistance mechanism until the end of September this year has been welcomed by red meat processors and exporters.    Source: Beef Central Processors welcome Govt decision to extend airfreight export initiative

SE Asia Report: Indo, Vietnam imports fall

Australian cattle prices continue to smash all-time price records, while import numbers drop sharply to both Indonesia and Vietnam, as Dr Ross Ainsworth writes in this month’s South East Asian market report – which is also the first edition of the report to be translated into Vietnamese. Source: Beef Central SE Asia Report: Indo,… Read more »

China’s pork herd recovery still a long way off – despite Govt rhetoric

Independent meat industry analyst Simon Quilty has written-off recent optimistic Chinese rhetoric around its pig herd recovery, suggesting the country’s pork production will remain heavily impacted by African Swine Fever for years to come. He suggests 7-8 million more sows have been wiped-out in China in the past two months, in the latest recurrence of… Read more »

Live exporters: $15 million cost hike calls into question Ag Dept’s efficiency claims

Further scrutiny of proposed cost hikes the Federal Department of Agriculture is planning to impose on livestock exporters has raised new questions about the justification for the scale of the charge increases. Source: Beef Central Live exporters: million cost hike calls into question Ag Dept’s efficiency claims

February beef exports slump 28pc, year-on-year

Australia’s new season beef exports continue to trade at historically low levels, with total monthly shipments to all markets for February reaching just 66,818 tonnes – down 28pc year-on-year. Source: Beef Central February beef exports slump 28pc, year-on-year

Chinese owner to offload WA’s Balfour Downs, with expectations of $32-$40m

wealthy Chinese businessman Xingfa Ma is offloading Balfour Downs, the large-scale cattle breeding and finishing operation in WA’s Eastern Pilbara region, after six years of ownership. Price expectations are between $32m and $40m. Source: Beef Central Chinese owner to offload WA’s Balfour Downs, with expectations of -m

Wellard report highlights Indo, Vietnam market challenges

Market insights contained in livestock vessel owner and charterer Wellard’s latest half yearly results report point to further signs of increasingly challenging conditions in Australia’s two largest cattle export markets. Source: Beef Central Wellard report highlights Indo, Vietnam market challenges

Live exporters facing huge cost surges under Federal cost-recovery plan

The cost of an annual livestock export license in Australia will soar from $25,000 to over $100,000 under the latest round of cost recovery increases planned by the Federal Government. Source: Beef Central Live exporters facing huge cost surges under Federal cost-recovery plan

'Why aren't we cooking them right now?': Risks of importing raw prawns under review

Federal Agriculture Minister David Littleproud responds to warnings that Australia is being left wide open to aquatic disease outbreaks by announcing an independent advisory group to review his own department’s work. Source: ABC Livestock ‘Why aren’t we cooking them right now?’: Risks of importing raw prawns under review

Vietnam trade slowdown expected as second COVID wave grows

Export demand for cattle to Vietnam is expected to slow significantly in coming months after a second-wave coronavirus outbreak dramatically halted beef sales during a recent national holiday. Source: Beef Central Vietnam trade slowdown expected as second COVID wave grows

SE Asia Report: Backlash from importers and consumers against rising prices

High Aussie cattle prices driven by domestic demand is resulting in a united backlash from importers and consumers Dr Ross Ainsworth writes in this month’s South East Asian market report. Source: Beef Central SE Asia Report: Backlash from importers and consumers against rising prices

LIVEXchange heads to Darwin

LIVEXchange on again, with Darwin to host the livestock export industry’s national conference on 10-11 November. Source: Beef Central LIVEXchange heads to Darwin

Comment: Why I don’t trust Chinese data on the pig herd rebuild

One of the biggest drivers of world meat pricing in the past couple of years has been the impact caused by African Swine Fever on China’s pig herd. Here, Thomas Elder Markets analyst Andrew Whitelaw reflects on the extent of the pig herd recovery in China, and whether local reports about progress are reliable … Read more »

Live export sector to pursue corporate deals to counter activism

Amid an environment of corporate boycotts and divestment campaigns, livestock exporters are hoping to manage risk through a new corporate partnership. Source: ABC Livestock Live export sector to pursue corporate deals to counter activism

ALEC announces new financial services partnership for live export members

The Australian Livestock Exporters’ Council has announced a new partnership with an international provider of cross-border finance and currency risk management for the Australian live export industry. Source: Beef Central ALEC announces new financial services partnership for live export members

January beef exports start the year off at snail’s pace

Australian beef exports are off to their slowest start to a new calendar year in at least ten years. January is always the slowest month of the trading year for Australian beef, following Christmas plant closures and slower demand in the post-New year period, but this year’s decline has been particularly acute.    Source:… Read more »

Wagga sale 1 Feb 2021: Export cattle jump 25-31c/kg

Feedlots were the market drivers over 400kg, while restockers took the bidding up to feedlots under 400kg. Source: Beef Central Wagga sale 1 Feb 2021: Export cattle jump 25-31c/kg

Aus cattle company makes global carbon credit sale to Microsoft

In a ground-breaking move for the Australian livestock industry, a New England cattle business has sealed a significant sale of carbon credits to one of the world’s leading technology companies. Source: Beef Central Aus cattle company makes global carbon credit sale to Microsoft

Feedgrain Focus: Wheat soft, barley firm as exports dominate

Buoyant demand for bulk barley and containerised sorghum has domestic buyers of both grains sitting out of the market until prices soften, while wheat is trading sideways with limited liquidity. Source: Beef Central Feedgrain Focus: Wheat soft, barley firm as exports dominate

Feedgrain Focus: Export demand, trade shorts lift prices

Buoyant export demand and some short covering from domestic consumers has lifted values for wheat, barley and sorghum in the past week. Source: Beef Central Feedgrain Focus: Export demand, trade shorts lift prices

CBH ships first cargo of malting barley to Mexico

Western Australia’s CBH Group on Sunday finished loading what is believed to be the first ever cargo of Australian malting barley to Mexico. Source: Grain Central CBH ships first cargo of malting barley to Mexico

Australian barley finds a new home in Mexico after China ban

Despite the trade tensions with China and the massive tariff imposed on barley exports there, there are some good signs for grain growers on international markets. Source: ABC Grain Australian barley finds a new home in Mexico after China ban

Ship stockies left uninsured as coverage dries up in COVID era

Australian stock handlers and veterinarians working on live export vessels say they are finding it almost impossible to secure basic health insurance coverage for their voyages, which is adding to the pressures of working in the COVID era. Source: Beef Central Ship stockies left uninsured as coverage dries up in COVID era

Dan Tehan needs a game plan for China

Despite a lot of chest-thumping in government circles about the need to stand up to “Chinese bullying”, new Trade Minister Dan Tehan’s task will be to find a way to restore a constructive trading partnership with China in the national interest. Source: Beef Central Dan Tehan needs a game plan for China

2021 grinding beef export sales off to slow start

It’s been a particularly quiet start to the year for Australia’s export grinding beef sales, with low January beef kills being balanced by continued subdued demand out of the US and other key export markets. Source: Beef Central 2021 grinding beef export sales off to slow start

Chinese buyers chase fine Merino fleece at auctions

FINE Merino wool prices led a general improvement in Australian auction prices in the first auction sales after the Christmas break this week. Source: Sheep Central Chinese buyers chase fine Merino fleece at auctions

Hull damaged live export ship hit with unprecedented two-year-ban by AMSA

The Australian  Maritime and Safety Authority (AMSA) has taken the extraordinary step of banning an Australian livestock vessel from entering any Australian port for two years, after it suffered hull damage in the Indian Ocean during a ballast voyage on return from Indonesia two months ago. Source: Beef Central Hull damaged live export ship… Read more »

China increases tariff-free wool quota under FTA

CHINA has increased its 2021 tariff-free quota for Australian clean wool imports in line with its commitment under the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement. Source: Sheep Central China increases tariff-free wool quota under FTA

2020 Australian beef exports fall 15pc, to 1.039 million tonnes

Hampered by reduced national cattle herd size after years of drought, Australia’s beef exports to all markets fell dramatically to 1.039 million tonnes last calendar year, trade statistics released this morning by the Department of Agriculture show. Source: Beef Central 2020 Australian beef exports fall 15pc, to 1.039 million tonnes

Global fertiliser price outlook positive news for Australian growers

Affordable fertiliser prices helped support Australian agricultural producers’ profits through the 2020/21 winter cropping season and a plentiful global fertiliser supply – along with a stable currency outlook – spells further good news, according to Rabobank. Source: Grain Central Global fertiliser price outlook positive news for Australian growers

GPA urges cautious approach to China barley tariff dispute

Grain Producers Australia says Australia’s WTO dispute with China over barley tariffs won’t be a quick fix that will restore trade overnight but will be a process that may take a number of years. Source: Grain Central GPA urges cautious approach to China barley tariff dispute

Australia to take China to WTO over barley tariff

Australian trade minister, Simon Birmingham, has announced that Australia will tonight refer China to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) over its imposition of an 80.5 per cent tax on Australian barley imports in May. Source: Grain Central Australia to take China to WTO over barley tariff

Surveys measure impact of buffalo meat in Indonesian wet markets

It is now estimated that around 75 percent of Indian Buffalo Meat in Indonesia is now sold through wet markets, competing directly with fresh beef from locally processed Australian and local cattle. A new survey is now underway to learn more about what drives consumer meat purchasing decisions in Indonesia’s wet markets. Source: Beef… Read more »

Flat export demand plus currency movement putting pressure on domestic beef market

While the domestic market during the past nine months of COVID uncertainty has easily been the Australian beef industry’s most reliable market, flat international trading conditions at present and a rising currency value is seeing more surplus export product being pushed back into the local trade. Source: Beef Central Flat export demand plus currency… Read more »

Dissecting 30 decades of live export data

Analysis of 30 years of data on the export of cattle, sheep and goats from Australia has found significant improvements in performance, driven by factors such as better preparation, vessel design and on-board management. Source: Beef Central Dissecting 30 decades of live export data

Vietnam a ‘perfect partner’ to help bridge beef and grain trade gap

A report points to ‘significant opportunities’ for Australian exporters to expand trade ties with Vietnam, including for beef and grain, as soaring tensions with nearby China encourage diversification toward other markets. Source: Beef Central Vietnam a ‘perfect partner’ to help bridge beef and grain trade gap

Chinese retail demand prompts lift in Australian wool prices

RENEWED demand from mainly China has lifted the Australian wool market this week, raising crossbred and Merino fleece prices. Source: Sheep Central Chinese retail demand prompts lift in Australian wool prices

Diversification urged as part of Australia response to China trade actions

Australian export industries needed to be attuned to the changing operating environment in China, and the changing risk profile being faced over recent times – with a growing need to look at market diversification. That was one of the key messages to emerge from a recent webinar on challenges and options in Australia-China Agriculture Trade … Read more »

ALC, JBS Brooklyn still waiting for China access to re-commence

Australia is seeking the resumption of sheepmeat and beef exports from two Victorian abattoirs to China which earlier made self-imposed suspensions due to COVID sickness among staff, as trade tensions between the two countries continue. Source: Beef Central ALC, JBS Brooklyn still waiting for China access to re-commence

Victorian lamb plants seek resumption of China exports

AUSTRALIA is seeking the resumption of sheep meat exports from two Victorian abattoirs to China, as trade tensions between the two countries continue. Source: Sheep Central Victorian lamb plants seek resumption of China exports

Farmers want Australia-China trade dispute 'kicked off to the WTO'

The National Farmers’ Federation says it will support the Federal Government if it decides to appeal to the World Trade Organization over China’s decision to impose hefty tariffs on barley. Source: ABC Livestock Farmers want Australia-China trade dispute ‘kicked off to the WTO’

SE Asia Report: Darwin feeder steer prices surge to $4

Indonesian slaughter prices up again but retail fresh beef prices are unchanged, Filipino slaughter prices fly even higher and Indonesian and Vietnamese demand for live imports remains strong despite rising Aussie cattle prices. Source: Beef Central SE Asia Report: Darwin feeder steer prices surge to

China suspends sixth Australian meat processing plant from trade

China yesterday suspended a sixth Australian meat processing plant from export, citing labelling and health certificate issues, as political tensions between the two countries continue to mount. Source: Beef Central China suspends sixth Australian meat processing plant from trade

China trade tensions overshadow grain, cotton outlook: ABARES

Trade tensions with China have created uncertainties for Australian grain and cotton exports, forcing exporters of affected commodities to divert trade to the next highest value markets. Source: Grain Central China trade tensions overshadow grain, cotton outlook: ABARES

What’s causing big slump in Aussie beef exports to US?

A large price differential between US domestic manufacturing beef and imported Australian alternatives is the primary reason for a dramatic decline in Australian’s beef exports to the US last month, trade sources say.   Source: Beef Central What’s causing big slump in Aussie beef exports to US?

Crop exports expected to play bigger role in export volumes

HIGHER Australian crop production is expected to help cropping products take over from livestock in export volumes in 2020-21, according to ABARES’ December quarter 2020 Agriculture Commodities report. Source: Sheep Central Crop exports expected to play bigger role in export volumes

Collapse in volume to US concerning trend in November beef exports

Australia’s monthly beef exports continued to track lower in November, in line with recent lower rates of cattle slaughter – but the key feature was a collapse in trade into the US market. Last month saw total exports to US east and west coast ports reach just 9596t – the lowest monthly shipment volume seen… Read more »

Sheep meat trade will adapt to Qatar import subsidy decision

AUSTRALIA’S sheep meat processing and export sector would adapt to any interruptions to the trade into the Persian Gulf country Qatar, according to Sheep Producers Australia chief executive officer Stephen Crisp. Source: Sheep Central Sheep meat trade will adapt to Qatar import subsidy decision

Australian lamb exporters' $300m-a-year Qatar trade deal in jeopardy

In a significant blow to lamb exporters, the Qatari Government will stop subsidising its Australian lamb importation program, worth $300 million a year to the local industry. Source: ABC Livestock Australian lamb exporters’ 0m-a-year Qatar trade deal in jeopardy

Exporting animal welfare to Vietnam

Animal welfare laws consistent with Australian expectations for the treatment of cattle exported overseas will be enshrined in Vietnam, with the help of Australia’s livestock export industry. Source: Beef Central Exporting animal welfare to Vietnam