Category: International Trading

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

Should Australia take China to the WTO over barley tariff?

Trade Minister Simon Birmingham has given a strong indication Australia will take China to the WTO over its import tariff on Australian barley. The move has prompted a mixed reaction from grain industry leaders. Source: Grain Central Should Australia take China to the WTO over barley tariff?

First of this seasons wheat heading for export markets via Newcastle Agri Terminal

23rd November 2020 It’s an exciting time for our partner National Agri Terminal (NAT). The first shipment of new crop wheat is heading for Vietnam via the NAT, Carrington at the Port of Newcastle. The bulk carrier Ince Point will be carrying 35,000 tonnes of wheat to Vietnam. The upcountry growing area has been experiencing… Read more »

Australian Merino Exports rejects Chinese top maker claims

WOOL exporter Australian Merino Exports is continuing to trade into China despite accusations being circulated by Chinese trade bodies on behalf of disgruntled top maker Redsun Wool. Source: Sheep Central Australian Merino Exports rejects Chinese top maker claims

AWI relies on industry-to-industry strategy on China

AUSTRALIA’S wool sector is relying on an industry-to-industry strategy to mitigate any impacts of trade tensions with China, growers were told today. Source: Sheep Central AWI relies on industry-to-industry strategy on China

MLA AGM: Red meat facing ‘unprecedented global demand’

Meat & Livestock Australia’s 2020 annual general meeting, the first conducted fully online due to COVID-19 restrictions, resulted in the re-election of three directors to the levy-funded producer service organisation’s board. Source: Beef Central MLA AGM: Red meat facing ‘unprecedented global demand’

Feedgrain Focus: Saudi price lifts barley, wheat mixed

Prices in the latest Saudi tender have supported barley values, while wheat prices have softened in the south but firmed in the north. Source: Grain Central Feedgrain Focus: Saudi price lifts barley, wheat mixed

Virtual seminar to focus on Southern Asia beef trade

Southern Asia beef industry stakeholders have a unique opportunity to gain valuable market insights and to network with others via an online event being conducted by Meat & Livestock Australia next week. Source: Beef Central Virtual seminar to focus on Southern Asia beef trade

RCEP agreement to deliver tariff reduction for processed wool

THE new Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership agreement is expected to bring some benefits to the Australian wool industry value chain and for sheep meat exports. Source: Sheep Central RCEP agreement to deliver tariff reduction for processed wool

High export prices testing northern supply

High prices are still managing to lure cattle out of northern paddocks for live shipping orders, but what numbers of cattle are still available and how much higher the market can rise to bring them forward is now the overriding question. Source: Beef Central High export prices testing northern supply

Morrison Govt welcomes ‘world’s largest free trade agreement’

The Morrison Government says Australian farmers and businesses are set to benefit from better export opportunities following with the signing of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) Agreement between Australia and 14 other Indo-Pacific countries on Sunday. Source: Beef Central Morrison Govt welcomes ‘world’s largest free trade agreement’

New executive team elected to lead Young Livestock Exporters Network

The Young Livestock Exporters Network (YLEN) has held its first annual general meeting, with a new executive team elected to build on the strong groundwork of the foundation committee, which was established last year.  Source: Beef Central New executive team elected to lead Young Livestock Exporters Network

Agriculture Act precedes UK’s departure from EU CAP

Exiting the EU has dealt a fresh hand to UK farmers in new agriculture legislation, replacing Common Agriculture Policy support with payments of public money in exchange for farmers delivering “public goods”. Source: Grain Central Agriculture Act precedes UK’s departure from EU CAP

Dairy exports to China reach new record, set for increased tariffs

Australian dairy exporters achieve record milk powder sales to China this year, but are about to face a doubling in tariffs until the end 2020. Source: ABC Livestock Dairy exports to China reach new record, set for increased tariffs

Market diversity underpins red meat’s resilience, webinar told

Australian beef and sheepmeat is far less exposed to a narrow basket of international markets than other Australian ag commodities, or indeed, competing red meat export industries overseas. That was one of the messages to emerge from a marketing webinar held this afternoon by MLA, under a series built around the concept of industry resilience. … Read more »

Market diversity underpins red meat’s resilience, webinar told

Australian beef and sheepmeat is far less exposed to a narrow basket of international markets than other Australian ag commodities, or indeed, competing red meat export industries overseas. That was one of the messages to emerge from a marketing webinar held this afternoon by MLA, under a series built around the concept of industry resilience. … Read more »

SE Asia Report: Indo cattle prices finally break above two year range

In a positive sign in Indonesia slaughter cattle prices have finally broken above the range they have been trading in for two years, while slaughter cattle prices in China have risen to almost AUD$8 per kg live. Source: Beef Central SE Asia Report: Indo cattle prices finally break above two year range

Australia’s largest wool exporter defends Indian clients

AUSTRALIA’S largest wool exporter, Techwool Trading, has defended the behaviour of some of its Indian clients through recent auction price drops after reports of large-scale contract defaults. Source: Sheep Central Australia’s largest wool exporter defends Indian clients

Rumoured Chinese import suspensions spark wool concern

CONCERNS wool might be included in mooted commodity import suspensions by China from today or in the future have highlighted a need for Australia to diversify its market and manufacturing base, according to a grower group. Source: Sheep Central Rumoured Chinese import suspensions spark wool concern

Government issues 'please explain' to China over trade blockages

China is told it must clear up speculation about the latest round of trade blockages that threaten to disrupt billions of dollars of trade with Australia. Source: ABC Grain Government issues ‘please explain’ to China over trade blockages

What happens if China bans Aussie wheat?

There are rumours that China has added Australian wheat to its list of banned imports. What will that mean for Australian wheat exports? Source: Grain Central What happens if China bans Aussie wheat?

Weekly kill: Northern plant closures loom, as cattle run out

While the general shortage of slaughter cattle is being blamed for an unusually early seasonal closure of one of northern Australia’s main export processing facilities this Friday, it is difficult to ignore the accumulated impact of live export operations in the region. Source: Beef Central Weekly kill: Northern plant closures loom, as cattle run… Read more »

October beef exports down 28pc year-on-year, in line with big slaughter challenges

The dramatic decline being seen in rates of slaughter as the 2020 year draws to a close was reflected in beef exports during October, which were down 28pc compared with the same period last year. Source: Beef Central October beef exports down 28pc year-on-year, in line with big slaughter challenges

China suspends Australian barley exports from Emerald Grain

Emerald Grain has become the second Australian barley exporter after CBH Grain to be locked out of the Chinese market. Source: Grain Central China suspends Australian barley exports from Emerald Grain

Fears of trade bans to come as China bans more Aussie imports

Australian food, wine and resources exporters fear they may soon be hit by a wave of further Chinese sanctions after Beijing bans Queensland timber imports and suspends trade with another Australian grain exporter. Source: ABC Grain Fears of trade bans to come as China bans more Aussie imports

Updated livestock export standards take effect 

The Australian Standards for the Export of Livestock (ASEL) version 3.0 came into effect yesterday, 1 November 2020 and apply to all consignments of livestock that leave Australia on or after that date. Source: Beef Central Updated livestock export standards take effect 

Australia and EU should unite on sustainable agriculture

SHARING carbon emission mitigation and farming best practice strategies, innovations and policy approaches were identified as opportunities for Australian and European farmers to collaborate in developing and justifying sustainable agriculture systems. Source: Sheep Central Australia and EU should unite on sustainable agriculture

Challenging outlook for New Zealand sheep meat and wool

NEW Zealand’s sheep meat, wool and beef export receipts are expected to decline in 2020-21, according to Beef + Lamb New Zealand’s New Season Outlook 2020–21. Source: Sheep Central Challenging outlook for New Zealand sheep meat and wool

2020 Young Livestock Exporter Achiever of the Year

Halleen Australasian Livestock Traders ESCAS Manager Patrick Coole has been named the 2020 Young Livestock Exporter Achiever of the Year. Source: Beef Central 2020 Young Livestock Exporter Achiever of the Year

Ag faces ‘new normal’ in Australia-China trade

Australian agriculture needs to develop a better understanding of what is happening in China if it’s to manage its way through the ongoing Australia-China trade stoush, which is unlikely to end anytime soon. Source: Beef Central Ag faces ‘new normal’ in Australia-China trade

US imported grinding meat prices hit 21-month lows

Australian grinding meat prices into the US have continued to drift lower this month, despite some favourable improvement in currency value. Lean Australian 90CL cow beef trimmings were quoted this week at A621.5c, the indicator’s lower point since January last year. Source: Beef Central US imported grinding meat prices hit 21-month lows

Ag faces ‘new normal’ in Australia-China trade

Australian agriculture needs to develop a better understanding of what is happening in China if it’s to manage its way through the ongoing Australia-China trade stoush, which is unlikely to end anytime soon. Source: Grain Central Ag faces ‘new normal’ in Australia-China trade

Boom and bust: Is China bowing out of Australian agriculture?

China’s investment boom cycle in Australian and global agriculture appears to be over. According to KPMG and the University of Sydney’s Business School, a sharp decline occurred in both the value and number of transactions by Chinese investors into Australia last year, including those in agriculture. Source: Beef Central Boom and bust: Is China… Read more »

Wool exporters lose millions in Indian and Chinese defaults

AUSTRALIAN wool exporters have lost millions of dollars in cancelled and renegotiated contracts with Indian and Chinese customers this year after the dramatic drop in wool prices due to global COVID-19 impacts. Source: Sheep Central Wool exporters lose millions in Indian and Chinese defaults

Ag starts to come into focus in next round of UK trade talks

Sensitive topics including agriculture are likely to start to come into greater focus in the next round of free trade agreement negotiations between the United Kingdom and Australia next month. Source: Beef Central Ag starts to come into focus in next round of UK trade talks

Livestock exporters welcome last minute ship stocking rate change

Livestock exporters have welcomed amendments by Agriculture Minister David Littleproud to soon-to-be-introduced industry regulations which will link stocking density allocations on vessels to individual exporter welfare performance.  Source: Beef Central Livestock exporters welcome last minute ship stocking rate change

Canola growers reap the benefits of strong global demand

Australian canola growers are in the box seat with a bumper crop forecast and Europe’s strong demand for non-GM product. Source: ABC Grain Canola growers reap the benefits of strong global demand

Cattle ship stocking density rates to remain unchanged from November 1

The Federal Minister for Agriculture has this afternoon confirmed  to industry leaders that amendments to ASEL 3.0 will mean that current stocking densities will now remain in place from November 1. Source: Beef Central Cattle ship stocking density rates to remain unchanged from November 1

ASEL 3.0 changes coming to live export industry

The live export industry is bracing for some big regulatory changes next week, but the biggest change of all has been deferred. Source: ABC Beef Cattle ASEL 3.0 changes coming to live export industry

Chinese could draw the curtains on historic Tassie property

Australia’s largest dairy operation, Tasmania’s historic Van Diemen’s Land Company, is reportedly on the verge of being offloaded by its Chinese businessman owner Xianfeng Lu. Source: Beef Central Chinese could draw the curtains on historic Tassie property

Market, seasonal conditions underpin strong wheat year: NAB

Increased rainfall and an international rally supporting prices auger well for Australian wheat, according to NAB’s latest Rural Commodities Wrap. Source: Grain Central Market, seasonal conditions underpin strong wheat year: NAB

NZ Govt introduces new requirements for livestock exports

New Zealand’s Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has introduced new requirements for the safe transport of livestock by sea, following an independent review launched after the tragic loss of Gulf Livestock 1 in early September. Source: Beef Central NZ Govt introduces new requirements for livestock exports

Ag Dept pressed on ASEL 3.0 implementation readiness

Senior Agriculture Department officials have assured livestock exporters that new Australian Standards for Export of Livestock 3.0 (ASEL 3.0) will be in place by November 1, amid concerns the Government is still not yet fully prepared to implement the new rules 18 months after their initially planned introduction. Source: Beef Central Ag Dept pressed… Read more »

Authorities work behind the scenes to mitigate China trade stoush

While Chinese Government ministers are still refusing to take calls from their Australian counterparts, department-to-department-level communication is continuing as normal, according to Australian ag trade officials. Source: Grain Central Authorities work behind the scenes to mitigate China trade stoush

Massive consignment yarded near Townsville as live export prices re-test record levels

Northern live export cattle prices are re-testing record levels with good lines of flood plain steers commanding around $3.85/kg ex-Darwin, as the Reid River export yards near Townsville handles 13,500 cattle in a single consignment for Vietnam. Source: Beef Central Massive consignment yarded near Townsville as live export prices re-test record levels

Ship outbreaks reinforce need for national approach to crew safety

The Western Australia Department of Health has re-located 25 crew members from the MV AL Messilah livestock carrier into quarantine isolation at Fremantle today, after yesterday returning positive tests to COVID-19. Source: Beef Central Ship outbreaks reinforce need for national approach to crew safety

New measures aimed at modernising meat export regulatory system

Government and industry action to modernise the Australian export meat inspection and regulatory system is underway following the $328 million ‘Busting Congestion for Agricultural Exporters’ measure announced in the 2020/21 Federal Budget.  Source: Beef Central New measures aimed at modernising meat export regulatory system

Cattle shipments maintain even pace in September

Australian cattle export volumes in September almost identically mirrored the previous month’s activity with 77,685 head shipped last month, compared to 77,559 in August. Source: Beef Central Cattle shipments maintain even pace in September

How pig 'apartment blocks' could help China rebuild from disaster

China could build more high-rise pig farms to help future-proof the world’s largest swine herd from disease — and that could be bad news for Australian beef and lamb producers. Source: ABC Livestock How pig ‘apartment blocks’ could help China rebuild from disaster

International Beef Alliance challenges border testing for COVID

Seven major beef producing and exporting countries which met online this week for annual talks have expressed deep concern at the imposition of border testing for COVID-19 that is not based on international Codex standards. Source: Beef Central International Beef Alliance challenges border testing for COVID

COVID-19 put the brakes on China’s already stalling foreign investment

Disruptions to global economic activity that resulted from the COVID-19 pandemic have negatively impacted foreign direct investment, including China’s investment abroad, a recent NAB report suggests. Source: Beef Central COVID-19 put the brakes on China’s already stalling foreign investment

Where will Australia’s livestock export industry be in five years’ time?

The industry’s levy funded research and development provider LiveCorp has had a comprehensive go at answering that question in its new five year plan released yesterday. Source: Beef Central Where will Australia’s livestock export industry be in five years’ time?

LiveCorp releases 2025 strategic plan

By 2025, LiveCorp will be leading the world in the health and welfare of livestock exports, under a vision outlined in the research and development corporation’s Strategic Plan 2025, released today. Source: Beef Central LiveCorp releases 2025 strategic plan

Livex stakeholders have a month to get on board over class action

Cattle industry stakeholders impacted by the 2011 Indonesian live export market suspension have a little over a month to decide whether they wish to apply for compensation under the class action claim. Class action facilitator Tracey Hayes told Beef Central that for people affected by the live export ban who were not currently part of… Read more »