Category: International Trading

Live export ruling: what happens next?

After waiting nine years for yesterday’s Federal Court ruling that the Gillard Labor Government’s 2011 live export ban was unlawful, it could take another year or so yet for the businesses affected by the knee-jerk trade shutdown to secure financial compensation. Source: Beef Central Live export ruling: what happens next?

Class action a staggering result from a legal point of view

Today’s Federal Court outcome is “a staggering result” from a legal perspective, says McCullough Robertson Special Counsel Trent Thorne. Source: Beef Central Class action a staggering result from a legal point of view

US demand helping underpin otherwise flat export scene

Higher demand and prices for imported beef in the US is one of the few highlights in otherwise flat global beef trade, as the Australian export beef industry heads into June. Source: Beef Central US demand helping underpin otherwise flat export scene

Reactions to Federal Court livex decision

Reactions to this morning’s Federal Court ruling from industry and animal rights groups. Source: Beef Central Reactions to Federal Court livex decision

Live export class action: Read the Federal Court judge’s full summary here

The following summary has been prepared to accompany the orders made today by the Federal Court in the live export class action – Brett Cattle Co Pty Ltd v Minister for Agriculture Source: Beef Central Live export class action: Read the Federal Court judge’s full summary here

Federal Court rules 2011 livex ban invalid, condemns Ludwig decision

The June 2011 Labor Governmen’s ban on live exports to Indonesia has been ruled invalid in a decision handed down by Justice Stephen Rares this morning. Source: Beef Central Federal Court rules 2011 livex ban invalid, condemns Ludwig decision

Stringent protocols key to limiting livex ship COVID-19 outbreaks

Scrutiny of procotols governing COVID-19 outbreaks on livestock export vessels continues as a cluster of positive test results from a cattle and sheep carrier docked in Fremantle grows to nine. Source: Beef Central Stringent protocols key to limiting livex ship COVID-19 outbreaks

WA farmers and RSPCA face off over live sheep export exemption

WESTERN Australian farmers and the RSPCA today faced off over a proposed export exemption for a shipment of sheep delayed by a COVID-19 outbreak on a vessel docked in Fremantle.… Source: Sheep Central WA farmers and RSPCA face off over live sheep export exemption

Judgement Day: Federal Court set to rule on 2011 live cattle export ban

The Federal Court judgement in the class action led by the Brett Cattle Company against the Commonwealth and Senator Joe Ludwig stemming from the 2011 live export ban will be handed down by Justice Rares on Tuesday June 2, 2020. Source: Beef Central Judgement Day: Federal Court set to rule on 2011 live cattle… Read more »

Emails reveal warning of illness on live export ship with coronavirus outbreak

The WA Government is forced to back down after lashing the Commonwealth’s handling of a coronavirus outbreak on a live export ship, with the Federal Agriculture Minister hitting back. Source: ABC Livestock Emails reveal warning of illness on live export ship with coronavirus outbreak

Outbreak ship may carry live sheep into summer heat, despite welfare laws

Vessel delayed by COVID-19 outbreak could trigger an exemption to new live export animal welfare laws and send 56,000 live sheep to the Middle East in peak summer heat. Source: ABC Livestock Outbreak ship may carry live sheep into summer heat, despite welfare laws

China’s barley tariff explained: diplomacy the way forward

Australia should use a diplomatic approach to defusing the bilateral tensions arising from China’s imposition of a tariff on Australian barley. Source: Grain Central China’s barley tariff explained: diplomacy the way forward

China and Australia — who really holds the power?

Once the major driving force behind Australian prosperity, China is now using trade as a retaliatory weapon. But Beijing needs us as much as we need them, at least for the next few years, writes Ian Verrender. Source: ABC Livestock China and Australia — who really holds the power?

Uncertain times for beef exports but domestic demand surges

The beef industry is experiencing international export bans, increased freight costs and graziers are seeing a significant drop in demand from the overseas market, but there is a silver lining to the crisis. Source: ABC Livestock Uncertain times for beef exports but domestic demand surges

Sheep meat and wool risk concern with China trade issues

AUSTRALIA’S Federal Government risked escalating its agricultural trade issues with China into wool and sheep meat if they were not handled diplomatically, a wool exporter said today. Source: Sheep Central Sheep meat and wool risk concern with China trade issues

Australian barley growers are the victims of weaponised trade rules

Some deduce China’s recent trade impositions on Australia stem from Australia’s advocacy for an investigation into the COVID-19 pandemic, but there is a longer history of simmering tensions between the two nations. Source: Grain Central Australian barley growers are the victims of weaponised trade rules

Feedgrain Focus: Barley firms after China announcement

Grain markets ploughed through the damage of tariffs while drivers, as complex as the poultry sector shrunken by COVID-19 and inconsistent moisture across Australia’s grainbelt, saw domestic new crop markets edge higher. Source: Beef Central Feedgrain Focus: Barley firms after China announcement

Australia to hold the line on rules-based trade in China dispute: Birmingham

Australia will continue to apply the principles of a rules-based global trading system in response to recent moves by China to impose a tariff on Australian barley imports and suspend four Australian meat processing plants. Source: Beef Central Australia to hold the line on rules-based trade in China dispute: Birmingham

Australia to hold the line on rules-based trade in China dispute: Birmingham

Australia will continue to apply the principles of a rules-based global trading system in response to recent moves by China to impose a tariff on Australian barley imports and suspend four Australian meat processing plants. Source: Grain Central Australia to hold the line on rules-based trade in China dispute: Birmingham

Trump’s suggestion to halt live cattle imports rejected by US beef producers

A suggestion made this week by US president Donald Trump that his country should consider banning live cattle imports surprised many across the US beef industry, and has been dismissed by the National Cattlemens Beef Association. Source: Beef Central Trump’s suggestion to halt live cattle imports rejected by US beef producers

China puts 80pc tariff on Australian barley

After warning of its intention to do so last week China last night imposed an 80 per cent tariff on Australian barley, effective immediately and set to last for five years.  Source: Beef Central China puts 80pc tariff on Australian barley

China puts 80pc tariff on Australian barley

China has imposed a five-year tariff on Australian barley which is effective immediately and lifts its price by 80 per cent. Source: Grain Central China puts 80pc tariff on Australian barley

Blueberry growers fear long pursuit of Chinese market in jeopardy

Australian blueberry growers who have been chasing the lucrative China market for a decade are concerned that political tensions could further delay access. Source: ABC Livestock Blueberry growers fear long pursuit of Chinese market in jeopardy

Live export prices regain ground to $3/kg

The Darwin live export price has regained ground to settle around the $3/kg mark after the recent short-lived drop to a two-year low of $2.60kg amid panic selling in late April. Source: Beef Central Live export prices regain ground to /kg

Australian Agriculture Minister told China has no time to talk with him

The Federal Agriculture Minister confirms he’s been unable to speak with his Chinese counterpart on the eve of an expected tariff being formally imposed on Australian barley. Source: ABC Grain Australian Agriculture Minister told China has no time to talk with him

China not returning Trade Minister's calls amid escalating tensions

High-ranking calls to China have gone unanswered amid an escalating trade dispute with Australia that has been fuelled by requests for an investigation into the origins of COVID-19. Source: ABC Grain China not returning Trade Minister’s calls amid escalating tensions

Feedgrain Focus: Barley dives ahead of China tariff decision

Prices for new-crop barley have fallen by $30-$40 per tonne this week, mainly on news that China is considering putting a massive tariff on Australian barley. Source: Beef Central Feedgrain Focus: Barley dives ahead of China tariff decision

The road from Mandalay: Myanmar’s rise as key Chinese cattle supplier

Four years ago Ross Ainsworth wrote that Myanmar could become an important supplier of cattle to neighbouring China by 2026. Returning in January, he found things have happened much faster than he predicted. Source: Beef Central The road from Mandalay: Myanmar’s rise as key Chinese cattle supplier

April cattle export figures released

Australian cattle exports to all major markets remained relatively strong throughout April according to the official monthly shipment data for the month. Source: Beef Central April cattle export figures released

The unseen teams keeping cattle exports moving through COVID-19

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic a team of 35 staff members has been working in complete lockdown in Bali to ensure full traceability and animal welfare standards are maintained for Australian cattle exported to key supply chains. Source: Beef Central The unseen teams keeping cattle exports moving through COVID-19

International Beef Alliance urges against ‘adverse trade measures’

The International Beef Alliance has warned it is imperative that World Trade Organisation members do not take measures during the COVID-19 pandemic that adversely affect trade in agriculture and agri-food products. Source: Beef Central International Beef Alliance urges against ‘adverse trade measures’

Indonesia trade deal to come into effect July 5

Indonesia has completed the domestic ratification process for the free trade deal with Australia, clearing the way for the bilateral agreement to come into effect on July 5. Source: Beef Central Indonesia trade deal to come into effect July 5

HGP-free and grainfed markets impacted hardest by Chinese plant suspensions

Some market segments will be impacted harder than others by China’s surprise suspension of four large eastern Australian export meat processing plants on Monday. While the full impact of the suspensions is still being absorbed, both JBS and NCMC have indicated it will be ‘business as usual’ as they endeavour to shift product into alternate… Read more »

Palaszczuk writes to Morrison over China's blacklisting of Queensland abattoirs

Queensland’s Premier is writing to the Prime Minister in a bid to stop a “full-blown trade war” with China, which she says could threaten thousands of the state’s beef processing jobs. Source: ABC Livestock Palaszczuk writes to Morrison over China’s blacklisting of Queensland abattoirs

'Trade war' or a technicality? China beef bans add to rising tensions

In a move that’s been dubbed by many as an escalation of Beijing’s trade war tactics, China has today imposed a ban on beef exports from four Australian abattoirs, citing issues with labelling and health certificate requirements. Source: ABC Beef Cattle ‘Trade war’ or a technicality? China beef bans add to rising tensions

Queensland academic used outdated live export heat stress data – ALEC

UNIVERSITY of Queensland Professor of Animal Welfare Clive Phillips has used outdated and obsolete data to cast doubt on the live export trade’s future, according to Australian Livestock Exporters’ Council chief executive officer Mark Harvey-Sutton. Source: Sheep Central Queensland academic used outdated live export heat stress data – ALEC

China suspends four Australian beef plants, amid growing trade tensions

Four large Australian export beef abattoirs have been suspended from accessing the China market overnight, as trade tensions with our largest agricultural trade partner escalate. Source: Beef Central China suspends four Australian beef plants, amid growing trade tensions

Barley farmers, now beef processors targeted in China trade row

Australia’s livestock farmers could be the latest victims in a fast-evolving trade war, with China with four Australian abattoirs banned from selling meat to the Asian giant. Source: ABC Livestock Barley farmers, now beef processors targeted in China trade row

Live sheep and cattle vessel’s first voyage with new owner lauded

MIDDLE East importer Kuwait Livestock Transport & Trading has reported zero cattle deaths and sheep mortality of about one percent during the first voyage of the its new vessel the MV Al Kuwait, despite wet bulb temperatures reaching up to 31 degrees Celsius. Source: Sheep Central Live sheep and cattle vessel’s first voyage with… Read more »

Livestock industry investigates importing feed grain

New research suggests the agriculture industry should prepare to import large shipments of feed grain for livestock, despite the biosecurity risks. Source: ABC Grain Livestock industry investigates importing feed grain

Major tariffs expected to end Australian barley trade to China

China fires its first shot in an increasingly bitter diplomatic row, threatening to slap major tariffs on Australia’s barley exports, that could rip hundreds of millions from the trade. Source: ABC Grain Major tariffs expected to end Australian barley trade to China

Maiden voyage for Australia’s newest cattle exporter

AUSTRALIA’S newest entrant into the live cattle export market will send its first shipment tonight, after loading 4500 steers and bulls aboard the MV Ocean Swagman in Townsville today. Source: Beef Central Maiden voyage for Australia’s newest cattle exporter

SE Asia Report: Despite COVID-19 prices holding relatively steady in Indonesia

Demand will be driven mainly by the course of the viral infection across Indonesia but the current situation appears from relatively encouraging, Dr Ross Ainsworth reports in this month’s South East Asia report. Source: Beef Central SE Asia Report: Despite COVID-19 prices holding relatively steady in Indonesia

Aussie feeder/trade cattle prices now most expensive in the world

The slump in cattle prices in the US as COVID-19 forces processing plant closures and a large buildup of slaughter-ready cattle has helped push Australia back to the top of the rankings in terms of world cattle prices. However these prices may not be sustainable given the downturn that’s been seen in global food service… Read more »

April beef exports retract, but not as much as some expected

Australia’s April beef exports to all markets declined somewhat – but not as much as what some trade identities anticipated, in the wake of COVID-19 market and logistics disruptions. Source: Beef Central April beef exports retract, but not as much as some expected

Top Australian intercollegiate lamb judge sees big US potential

AUSTRALIA’S top performing intercollegiate lamb meat judge sees potential for increased high quality exports to the United States. Source: Sheep Central Top Australian intercollegiate lamb judge sees big US potential

Melbourne meat processor Cedar Meats hit by 34 COVID-19 cases

WEST Melbourne meat processor and exporter Cedar Meats has been confirmed as the location of Victoria’s latest COVID-19 cluster, with a total of 34 coronavirus cases up to this morning. Source: Sheep Central Melbourne meat processor Cedar Meats hit by 34 COVID-19 cases

Imported feedgrain could stack up in future droughts

A report commissioned by volume feedgrain users says a facility built within a port zone to treat imported grain could improve their ability to weather future droughts. Source: Beef Central Imported feedgrain could stack up in future droughts

Number of cattle on live export ships to reduce from November

The number of cattle permitted on livestock export ships will be reduced by up to 14 percent from November 1, giving the industry six months to prepare for long-touted stocking density rule changes. Source: Beef Central Number of cattle on live export ships to reduce from November

Pendulum swings, as northern processors out-gun live exporters on price

Big corrections seen in live export cattle prices in recent weeks have produced a turning-of-the-tide in the never-ending competitive challenge between Queensland beef processors and live cattle exporters. Source: Beef Central Pendulum swings, as northern processors out-gun live exporters on price

Basing fuel reserve in US “a strategic error”: Trucking association

The Australian Government’s decision to establish its fuel reserve in the United States is a serious strategic error, chair of the Australian Trucking Association, Geoff Crouch, said this week.  Source: Beef Central Basing fuel reserve in US “a strategic error”: Trucking association

March cattle export data shows early COVID-19 impacts

Australian cattle shipments to Indonesia were 41 percent lower in March compared to the same month last year, underscoring the early impacts of COVID-19 restrictions in the key northern export market. Source: Beef Central March cattle export data shows early COVID-19 impacts

Live sheep exporter Emanuel continues to fight licence cancellations

WESTERN Australian live exporter Emanuel Exports and subsidiary EMS Rural Exports will continue to seek reversal of their licence cancellations after a criminal investigation into it over sheep losses during Middle East shipments in 2017 was dropped. Source: Sheep Central Live sheep exporter Emanuel continues to fight licence cancellations

Live sheep exporter Emanuel fighting licence cancellations

Western Australian live exporter Emanuel Exports and subsidiary EMS Rural Exports will continue to seek reversal of their licence cancellations after a criminal investigation into over sheep losses during Middle East shipments in 2017 was dropped. Source: Beef Central Live sheep exporter Emanuel fighting licence cancellations

Price plunge: Where will the live export ship steady?

Where northern live cattle export prices will settle is anyone’s guess after the roller coaster ride of recent weeks. Source: Beef Central Price plunge: Where will the live export ship steady?

Criminal investigation into live sheep exporters abandoned

A CRIMINAL investigation into live sheep exporters Emanuel Exports and EMS Rural Exports in relation to losses during several shipments in 2017 has been dropped. Source: Sheep Central Criminal investigation into live sheep exporters abandoned

Criminal investigation into live sheep exporters abandoned

A criminal investigation into live sheep exporters Emanuel Exports and EMS Rural Exports in relation to losses during several shipments of sheep in 2017 has been dropped. Source: Beef Central Criminal investigation into live sheep exporters abandoned

Light Middle East export lambs lead on carcase prices in saleyards

LOWER supply continues to underpin solid saleyard demand for lambs and mutton across Australia this week despite less demand from some export sectors. Source: Sheep Central Light Middle East export lambs lead on carcase prices in saleyards

The live export cattle price to Indonesia has crashed, why?

The live cattle trade out of northern Australia has its biggest price crash since 2011, with key markets such as Indonesia and Vietnam struggling with the COVID-19 pandemic. Source: ABC Livestock The live export cattle price to Indonesia has crashed, why?

NQ sugar mill exporting molasses urged to look after local farmers first

Queensland Senator Susan McDonald and Federal Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch have accused Thai-owned MSF Sugar in North Queensland of “failing famers” after it will send most of the molasses it produces this year to Thailand. Source: Beef Central NQ sugar mill exporting molasses urged to look after local farmers first

South African wool sales to resume electronically this week

SOUTH African wool sales will resume this week with an electronic auction after a five-week recess due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Source: Sheep Central South African wool sales to resume electronically this week

Study reveals true cost of trade barriers, subsidies to Australian ag

A new AgriFutures Australia-funded study shows that farm subsidies and import barriers abroad lowered Australia’s net farm incomes by 15 per cent and reduced its farm exports by 29 per cent.  Source: Beef Central Study reveals true cost of trade barriers, subsidies to Australian ag

COVID-19 global supply chain disruption risks need management

DISRUPTION to global and import input supply chains during the COVID-19 pandemic were emerging risks to Australian agricultural producers that needed active monitoring and management, an ABARES insight report said today. Source: Sheep Central COVID-19 global supply chain disruption risks need management

China sees record-breaking March beef arrivals

Imported beef arrivals in China during March reached a record 238,000 tonnes, in a further sign that business is getting back to normal after the country’s COVID-19 challenges. Source: Beef Central China sees record-breaking March beef arrivals

COVID-19 upends global protein markets

Global export forecasts made by the US Department of Agriculture for red and white meat proteins this year have been downgraded, due to emerging threats from the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Worldwide, economic growth forecasts have been cut and the impact on consumers will dampen demand for animal protein, USDA’s report says. Source:… Read more »

Indonesian customer uses force majeure clause on live export shipment

Livestock export industry leaders have called for “calm and perspective” after reports that a shipment of Australian cattle cancelled by an Indonesian importer under force majeure earlier this week raised producer concerns about coronavirus impacts on the trade.  Source: Beef Central Indonesian customer uses force majeure clause on live export shipment

Victorian mutton goes on first meat airfreight flight to Wuhan

A MUTTON shipment sourced from Cedar Meats in Victoria has been airfreighted to Wuhan in China as the backload on a flight that arrived in Sydney yesterday with COVID-19-related medical supplies. Source: Sheep Central Victorian mutton goes on first meat airfreight flight to Wuhan

SE Asia Report: Virus disruptions mount, $A collapses

In his latest monthly South East Asian beef market report, Dr Ross Ainsworth, writing from a livestock ship in the Arafura Sea, analyses how coronavirus response is continuing to disrupt markets and the critical role food supplies play in a crisis. Source: Beef Central SE Asia Report: Virus disruptions mount, $A collapses

March monthly exports slightly higher for China, but sharply down to the US

There was a modest recovery in beef exports to China in March, while shipments to the US declined sharply, monthly export figures released by the Department of Agriculture this morning showed. Source: Beef Central March monthly exports slightly higher for China, but sharply down to the US

Buyers suggest wool sale boycott as auctions continue

AUSTRALIAN wool exporters, some brokers and processors are proposing the postponing of auction sales as the market is hit by a lack of competition caused by COVID-19 impacting global supply chains. Source: Sheep Central Buyers suggest wool sale boycott as auctions continue

Green shoots showing, as China beef demand starts to re-emerge

Some early, if tentative green shoots are emerging in Australia’s export beef trade to China, as the Asian giant begins its long recovery from the ravages of coronavirus. Source: Beef Central Green shoots showing, as China beef demand starts to re-emerge

$110m Govt package to underpin ag airfreight export operations

THE Federal Government has launched a $110 million package designed to get air freight exports of red meat, seafood and other perishable food commodities moving again. Beef Central first wrote… Source: Sheep Central 0m Govt package to underpin ag airfreight export operations

New rules include Middle East summer sheep shipment ban

LIVE sheep shipments from Australia to the Middle East will be banned for 3.5 months during the the northern summer months of June to mid-September under tougher new guidelines released by the Federal Government today. Source: Sheep Central New rules include Middle East summer sheep shipment ban

FIRB extends overseas buyer scrutiny, in the wake of COVID-19

The Federal Government last night announced deeper levels of scrutiny of foreign investments in Australia, in the wake of any economic impact brought on by COVID-19. It stressed, however, that the move was not a ‘foreign investment freeze.’ Source: Beef Central FIRB extends overseas buyer scrutiny, in the wake of COVID-19

Australian chilled beef exports notch up 50-year milestone

Exactly 50 years ago today, the Australian beef industry embarked on an export project that would change the face of the industry forever. The nation’s first commercial shipment of chilled beef was consigned on 29 March, 1970 to customers in Japan, in what was arguably the biggest single step the beef industry has taken in… Read more »

Shearer sale reaps capital boost for Wellard

Livestock shipping company Wellard Limited has received a timley working capital boost following confirmation today that its sale of M/V Ocean Shearer to the Kuwait Livestock Transport and Trading Company (KLTT) has been completed. Source: Beef Central Shearer sale reaps capital boost for Wellard

Fine Merino wool prices steady as Chinese mills return

AUSTRALIAN Merino wool prices generally regained ground this week in the face of a less favourable exchange rate as competition between major exporters and Chinese buyers improved. Source: Sheep Central Fine Merino wool prices steady as Chinese mills return

Supply test for live export prices

After returning to previous highs not seen for three years, northern live cattle prices are set to come under pressure in coming weeks, as the first of the annual dry season mustering rounds pushes fresh supplies of export cattle back onto the market. Source: Beef Central Supply test for live export prices

Hides offers dissolve, in face of COVID-19 global impact

Cattle hides are the latest beef industry commodity to buckle under the impact of COVID-19, with reports this week that international buyers have more or less withdrawn from making offers on Australian hides. Source: Beef Central Hides offers dissolve, in face of COVID-19 global impact

Stockies accreditation fast-tracked

Accreditation of livestock handlers is being fast-tracked to ensure enough experienced staff are available to protect the welfare of sheep and cattle on live export vessels Source: Beef Central Stockies accreditation fast-tracked

Airfreight beef exports halted by international flight bans

The cancellation of international passenger flights into, and out of Australia has seen airfreight beef shipments to export markets grind to a virtual halt in the past week. Source: Beef Central Airfreight beef exports halted by international flight bans