Category: International Trading

LIVEXchange conference postponed to November 2022

AUSTRALIA’S livestock export industry has postponed its LIVEXchange conference planned for November in Darwin until 9-10 November 2022. Source: Sheep Central LIVEXchange conference postponed to November 2022

Live export numbers decline with quietest August since 2012

Live export numbers have continued their decline, with the latest Federal Government figures showing the quietest August since 2012. Source: Beef Central Live export numbers decline with quietest August since 2012

Feedgrain Focus: Selling pressure weighs on south

A slowdown in export and domestic buying for wheat and barley in the coming quarter has allowed prices for both to ease in the past week to reflect a softening in global values. Source: Beef Central Feedgrain Focus: Selling pressure weighs on south

LIVEXchange postponed to November 2022

The livestock export industry is postponing its LIVEXchange conference, which was to be held this November in Darwin, until 9-10 November 2022. Source: Beef Central LIVEXchange postponed to November 2022

Brazil's nightmare over mad cow not yet over, as more countries join China's ban

A dispute between the biggest beef exporting country, Brazil and its biggest customer, China, is heating up as the superpowers fight it out after the discovery of two mad cow cases. Source: ABC Livestock Brazil’s nightmare over mad cow not yet over, as more countries join China’s ban

COVID interruptions undermine live export program

The live export industry says a new program designed to improve traceability and auditing of the livestock export standards needs to pause due to interruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Source: ABC Livestock COVID interruptions undermine live export program

10 years of ESCAS underpinning the Australian Live Export Industry

The Australian livestock export industry, in partnership with Australian livestock producers and the Australian Government, have invested significant time and funding into the development of LGAP, and remains committed to its goals writes ALEC CEO Mark Harvey-Sutton. Source: Beef Central 10 years of ESCAS underpinning the Australian Live Export Industry

Questions surround future of LGAP

Questions have been raised about the future of a livestock export industry-developed global animal welfare assurance program which has yet to be implemented, despite having received $8.3 million in Commonwealth funding to support its introduction four years ago. Source: Beef Central Questions surround future of LGAP

Kay’s Cuts: Industry optimism and challenges intertwine

Like their colleagues in Australia, North American beef producers are well accustomed in dealing with good news/bad news scenarios, Steve Kay writes in his September Kay’s Cuts monthly column for Beef Central. Severe drought conditions have returned to much of the western half of the North American continent and are impacting everything from beef cow… Read more »

SE Asia Report: COVID, prices bring sharp trade slowdown

The combination of COVID impacts on incomes in Indonesia and cattle prices rising further in Australia is creating an exceptionally difficult commercial environment for the trade, with shipping companies for the first time in some years finding it difficult to find a customer for their next voyage, writes Dr Ross Ainsworth, currently in Manilla. … Read more »

Airfreight lifeline for red meat exporters during COVID era

Airfreight is providing a lifeline for Australian red meat exporters as COVID-related issues continue to provide logistics challenges for container-based sea freight into some overseas markets. Source: Beef Central Airfreight lifeline for red meat exporters during COVID era

Brazil's beef scare over, investigations rule no further mad cow disease

The world’s biggest beef exporter, Brazil, is slated to resume international trade after an investigation found no further cases of atypical mad cow disease. Source: ABC Livestock Brazil’s beef scare over, investigations rule no further mad cow disease

AGIC 2021: Plant-based meat targets offshore growth

Plant-based meat is targeting a growing market in Asia that animal meat cannot fill, according to v2food founder and CEO Nick Hazell. Source: Grain Central AGIC 2021: Plant-based meat targets offshore growth

Indonesia halts beef imports from Brazil

The Indonesian government has placed a hold on beef imports from Brazil while awaiting further information from Brazilian officials about the two atypical BSE cases confirmed after testing last week. Source: Beef Central Indonesia halts beef imports from Brazil

August beef exports continue recent decline, topping 77,150t

Australia’s August beef exports slumped to their lowest in-month level in at least a decade, accounting for just 77,150 tonnes of chilled and frozen beef. Source: Beef Central August beef exports continue recent decline, topping 77,150t

Brazil agriculture ministry investigating suspected case of BSE

Brazil’s agriculture ministry is investigating a suspected case of Bovine Spongiform Encephalitis in the country, international news agency Reuters is reporting. Source: Beef Central Brazil agriculture ministry investigating suspected case of BSE

Competitor watch: Argentina extends beef export ban by two months

Argentina has extended its tight restrictions on beef exports until the end of October, as the country seeks to rein-in domestic inflation and surging domestic beef prices. Source: Beef Central Competitor watch: Argentina extends beef export ban by two months

Local exporters on alert as Brazil sends cattle to Vietnam in live trade first

Australia’s live export industry is closely watching an historic first shipment of 14,000 bulls from Brazil to Vietnam, Australia’s second biggest customer for live cattle. Source: ABC Livestock Local exporters on alert as Brazil sends cattle to Vietnam in live trade first

Why does Vietnam want bulls?

The large sea shipment of cattle now on its way from Brazil to a feedlot in Vietnam is distinctive for a number of reasons, not only because it opens the large cattle import market to a significant new source of supply outside of Australia. Source: Beef Central Why does Vietnam want bulls?

Airfreight exports get Federal government subsidy extension

The Federal Government today announced a further $260.9 million in funding to extend the International Freight Assistance Mechanism (IFAM) to mid-2022, giving Australian exporting businesses reliant on airfreight extra time to adapt to the new international trade environment. Source: Beef Central Airfreight exports get Federal government subsidy extension

Brazilian bulls on way to Vietnam

A large shipment of bulls from Brazil is on its way to Vietnam, export industry sources have told Beef Central today, in a development that introduces new competition for Australia in its second largest market for live cattle, and at a time when demand for beef in the communist nation is coming under pressure due… Read more »

Buyers and sellers stay apart in forward wool market

AUCTION market volatility kept forward wool buyers and sellers apart this week, as growers cut sale offerings with withdrawals. Source: Sheep Central Buyers and sellers stay apart in forward wool market

Grower wool withdrawals help keep market result positive

GROWER withdrawals helped temper a seasonal lack of international demand for wool this week, with the benchmark AWEX Eastern Market Indicator finishing 15 cents up at 1350c/kg clean. Source: Sheep Central Grower wool withdrawals help keep market result positive

Qube posts record earnings despite A-double trouble

Qube has posted record underlying earnings in FY21, despite COVID disruptions and some stiff competition in the Port Botany zone from road transport. Source: Grain Central Qube posts record earnings despite A-double trouble

Feedgrain Focus: Northern barley prices ease, firm in south

Patchy recent rain in eastern Australia underpins production prospects in the north, where nearby protein wheat trades keenly to offshore buyers but southern growers remain wary of low soil moisture. Source: Beef Central Feedgrain Focus: Northern barley prices ease, firm in south

What will Argentinian beef export limitations mean for the global beef market?

Restrictions on beef exports out of Argentina – the world’s fifth largest exporter of beef – could have a significant impact on the global market, according to Rabobank’s latest global Beef Quarterly report. Source: Beef Central What will Argentinian beef export limitations mean for the global beef market?

Feedgrain Focus:  Offshore, lockdown lift prices

Strengthening overseas values coupled with tightened logistics in the north have seen prices for wheat and barley this week jump, and inclusion rates of attractively priced cottonseed and faba beans increase. Source: Beef Central Feedgrain Focus:  Offshore, lockdown lift prices

Meat labelling laws: “You can only dupe local consumers, not export ones”

In a quirk of regulation in Australia, local food standards allow a plant-based protein product containing no meat to be sold with a label that uses a meat descriptor, while export rules define meat as being a product which must contain actual meat from an animal. Source: Beef Central Meat labelling laws: “You can… Read more »

SE Asia Report: COVID impacts on supply chain worsen

In the July 2021 edition of the monthly South East Asian market report Dr Ross Ainsworth writes that COVID 19 impacts on human health and supply chains have worsened in the past month, while Northern Australian cattle prices continue to hold firm and China live cattle prices move higher. Source: Beef Central SE Asia… Read more »

Exports drop in latest monthly cattle shipping figures

Australian cattle exports to Indonesia appear likely to fall to the lowest annual level in almost a decade this calendar year as high sustained feeder steer prices and lockdowns caused by the spread of the COVID Delta variant impact trade volumes. Source: Beef Central Exports drop in latest monthly cattle shipping figures

Shipping and container shortages create major headaches for meat exporters

A global shortage of container vessels, as well as the refrigerated shipping containers they carry, is creating major headaches for Australian red meat exporters trying to supply customers around the world. As a consequence, charges for container freight have risen dramatically since around April, and long delays have occurred in getting product into some markets … Read more »

Shipping and container shortages create major headaches for exporters

A global shortage of container vessels, as well as the refrigerated shipping containers they carry, is creating major headaches for Australian red meat exporters trying to supply customers around the world. As a consequence, charges for container freight have risen dramatically since around April, and long delays have occurred in getting product into some markets … Read more »

Aus Beef Sustainability Framework welcomes global beef sustainability goals

The GRSB, a worldwide network of organisations powering progress in sustainable beef, announced in July a commitment to reduce net global warming impact of beef by 30 percent by 2030 through global sustainability goals. Source: Beef Central Aus Beef Sustainability Framework welcomes global beef sustainability goals

UN meat tax will “close down cattle industry and starve 80 million”: Katter

A carbon tax on meat which has been proposed at a United Nations food summit would shut down Australia’s cattle industry and starve 80 million people alone, says Federal MP Bob Katter who represents the sprawling North Queensland electorate of Kennedy. Source: Beef Central UN meat tax will “close down cattle industry and starve… Read more »

Subdued July beef exports total less than 82,000t

Australia’s July beef exports showed a modest improvement on the month before, but continue to labour under the burden of critically short livestock supply, in the face of solid international demand. Source: Beef Central Subdued July beef exports total less than 82,000t

RSPCA Australia calls for sheep exporter’s suspension

RSPCA Australia has called on the Australian Government to strip the export licence from live sheep exporter Livestock Shipping Services, claiming it has breached live export regulations 44 times. Source: Sheep Central RSPCA Australia calls for sheep exporter’s suspension

Australian exporter withdraws sheep from Jordanian facility

AUSTRALIAN sheep have been withdrawn from a Jordanian slaughter facility after non-compliant mishandling was reported to exporter Livestock Shipping Services during the Eid festival by animal rights body Animals Australia. Source: Sheep Central Australian exporter withdraws sheep from Jordanian facility

Live exports suspended over welfare concerns in Jordan

An Australian exporter says live export sales to Jordan have been stopped due to “unacceptable conduct” in a breach of animal welfare rules. Source: ABC Livestock Live exports suspended over welfare concerns in Jordan

Australia remains well on top in global cattle and beef price ‘league table’

With cattle markets continuing to push to stratospheric levels during July, it’s perhaps no surprise that Australia remains well on top in the ‘international league table’ that represents live cattle and carcase beef prices around the world. Source: Beef Central Australia remains well on top in global cattle and beef price ‘league table’

Indian lentil tariff cut welcomed by Australian grain growers

Tariffs put in place to protect domestic Indian farmer production of lentils, leading to hoarding, were cut overnight from 30 per cent to 10 per cent to get more of the staple into the country. Source: ABC Grain Indian lentil tariff cut welcomed by Australian grain growers

India to drop lentil tariff to 10pc

India is reducing its tariff on Australian and Canadian lentils to 10pc from 30pc for an unspecified period, which will give Australian exporters a chance to run down current-crop stocks ahead of another big crop. Source: Grain Central India to drop lentil tariff to 10pc

Competitor watch: Drought helps push US cattle inventory 1.3m lower

Declines in the US beef cow herd and lower cattle inventories point to continued reduction in US cattle availability and higher prices in the next 18 months, US analysts suggest Source: Beef Central Competitor watch: Drought helps push US cattle inventory 1.3m lower

$1.5m grant for MLA to explore new meat export channels

The Australian government has invested $72.7 million through its AgriBusiness Expansion Initiative to help Australia’s agricultural, forestry and fisheries industries diversify and expand export markets.  Source: Beef Central .5m grant for MLA to explore new meat export channels

Weekly kill: Export weight grass steers crash through 700c/kg

Slaughter cattle direct consignment price grids have surged deeper into record territory this week, driven by a rise in international beef demand in some countries as COVID confidence grows, at a time when mid-winter supply becomes chronically tight across large parts of eastern Australia. Source: Beef Central Weekly kill: Export weight grass steers crash… Read more »

Darling Downs beef producer’s global push supported with Qld Govt grant

Darling Downs boutique beef producer Clayton’s Organic Beef is aiming to extend its online reach into Dubai and Vietnam and boost its American sales, a goal that will be supported with a  $10,000 Queensland Government grant.  Source: Beef Central Darling Downs beef producer’s global push supported with Qld Govt grant

DAWE investigating new allegations of cattle mistreatment in Indonesia

The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment is investigating new claims of animal cruelty allegedly involving Australian cattle in Indonesia, in what is understood to be the first such complaint lodged by animal rights group the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). Source: Beef Central DAWE investigating new allegations of cattle… Read more »

SE Asia Report: COVID surge creating havoc across Asia

The Covid 19 surge is creating havoc across Asia with human health and market supply chains, Northern Australian cattle prices remain high in June for the first time and Indonesian imports increase rise sharply to just over 50,000 for June. Source: Beef Central SE Asia Report: COVID surge creating havoc across Asia

Australian cattle exports lift in June, COVID outbreaks cloud second half outlook

AUSTRALIA recorded its highest monthly cattle export volumes for 12 months in June, with shipments increasing to 97,542 cattle for the month despite the sustained high price of Australian cattle. Source: Beef Central Australian cattle exports lift in June, COVID outbreaks cloud second half outlook

$150k boost for live export animal welfare reporting

The Australian Livestock Export Corporation (LiveCorp) has received a $150,000 Australian Government grant to enhance health and welfare reporting for livestock exports. Source: Beef Central 0k boost for live export animal welfare reporting

New CEO takes LiveCorp helm

The Board of Livecorp has appointed a new CEO to replace Sam Brown who is stepping down to pursue new challenges after 13 years with the livestock export research and development corporation. Source: Beef Central New CEO takes LiveCorp helm

Chinese owner sells off Liverpool Plains country after mining venture fails

Local farmers, institutional investors and corporate farmers are expected to vie for 16,570ha of prime land in NSWs’ sought-after Liverpool Plains region, being offered for sale by China’s Shenhua Watermark Coal. Source: Beef Central Chinese owner sells off Liverpool Plains country after mining venture fails

Fuel prices surge as oil producers continue to limit production

DIESEL fuel prices have continued to surge in recent months, in response to COVID-related cuts in production by major world fuel oil suppliers. Source: Sheep Central Fuel prices surge as oil producers continue to limit production

FIRB approvals in agriculture rise in 2019-20, despite onset of COVID

While most industry sectors saw substantial declines in applications and approvals for foreign investment in Australia during the 2019-20 year due to COVID issues, offshore investment interest in agriculture, forestry and fisheries rose considerably in value. Source: Beef Central FIRB approvals in agriculture rise in 2019-20, despite onset of COVID

Broad-based demand growth fuels US beef exports to record highs

Fuelled by impressive growth in a wide range of destinations, US beef export value and volume shattered previous monthly records in May, according to data released by the US Department of Agriculture yesterday. May US exports were not far off being double Australia’s volumes, for the same period. Source: Beef Central Broad-based demand growth… Read more »

June beef exports slump, on back of rebuilding and JBS cyber-attack closures

JBS Australia’s dramatic week-long closure early last month due to a cyber attack on its operating systems played a part in substantially lower Australian beef exports during June. Source: Beef Central June beef exports slump, on back of rebuilding and JBS cyber-attack closures

Animal welfare standards still an issue despite UK FTA

AUSTRALIA’S ongoing use of animal welfare practices banned in other countries will continue to cause difficulties in trading relationships despite the proposed free trade agreement with the United Kingdom, according to Humane Society International. Source: Sheep Central Animal welfare standards still an issue despite UK FTA

No animal welfare barriers expected in UK free trade deal

AUSTRALIA’S peak sheep meat and wool bodies believe the nation’s producers will not be subject to regulatory barriers on animal welfare grounds under the proposed Australia-United Kingdom Free Trade Agreement. Source: Sheep Central No animal welfare barriers expected in UK free trade deal

Argentina returns to beef export trade, but under self-imposed restrictions

Argentina has this week returned to the global beef export trade after its earlier self-imposed 30-day suspension – but only under significant limitations, some of which are likely to last until the end of the year. Source: Beef Central Argentina returns to beef export trade, but under self-imposed restrictions

JBS sustainability framework expected to help in UK market

JBS Australia’s new Great Southern Farm Assurance sustainability framework is expected to boost the credentials of the company’s certified grass-fed lamb and beef program in the United Kingdom market. Source: Sheep Central JBS sustainability framework expected to help in UK market

MerinoLink delegates warned on overseas sheep welfare influences

AUSTRALIAN sheep producers were given a ‘heads-up’ on potential international trade trends relating to animal welfare at the 2021 MerinoLink conference last week. Source: Sheep Central MerinoLink delegates warned on overseas sheep welfare influences

Misinformed advice from financiers posing risks to food security: Live export CEO

The growing trend of financiers applying environmental and ethical conditions on those who they lend to or invest with is impacting the capacity of live export businesses to operate, according to Australian Livestock Exporters Council chief executive officer, Mark Harvey-Sutton. Source: Beef Central Misinformed advice from financiers posing risks to food security: Live export CEO

Ag marketers must adapt to range of new drivers coming into international trading world

Speaking at the Australian Farm Institute’s ‘Agriculture and trade in disrupted economies’ conference in Toowoomba, MLA’s Andrew Cox says agricultural product marketers needed to adapt to a range of new drivers that were coming into play in the international trading world. Source: Beef Central Ag marketers must adapt to range of new drivers coming… Read more »

Lengthy delay likely until UK Free Trade Agreement comes into play

Australian red meat’s access to the United Kingdom market under the new terms outlined in this month’s freshly-minted Free Trade Agreement won’t happen until at least the second half of 2022, trade sources say. Source: Beef Central Lengthy delay likely until UK Free Trade Agreement comes into play

Episode 17: Tracey Hayes – live export market class action facilitator

In this week’s episode, host Kerry Lonergan turns up the heat on Signature Beef founder and soon to be meat processor, Blair Angus. Beef industry leaders and entrepreneurs Blair and his wife Josie are undertaking the biggest risk of their business lives in establishing their own meat processing business on their property near Clermont in… Read more »

Argentina close to resuming beef export trade

Argentine meat packers are reported  to have reached a preliminary deal with the nation’s government that will allow beef exports to partially re-open, following a month-long suspension aimed at cutting domestic food price inflation in the lead-up to a national election later this year. Source: Beef Central Argentina close to resuming beef export trade

Arrests, secrets, and crop failures: What's going on with China?

China’s decisions around its agricultural policy are becoming increasingly murky with news of arrests, secrecy, and inconsistencies around its exports. Source: ABC Grain Arrests, secrets, and crop failures: What’s going on with China?

Ag visa issue heats up with farmers and the AWU

EASTERN states farmer bodies have welcomed an expansion of the working holiday visa for British backpackers under the proposed Australia-UK Free Trade Agreement, including new ag visa developments. Source: Sheep Central Ag visa issue heats up with farmers and the AWU

Australian sheep meat duty-free access boosted in UK FTA

AUSTRALIA’S sheep meat exporters will have immediate access to a duty-free quota of 25,000 tonnes, rising to 75,000 tonnes in 10 year, on the signing of the proposed Australia-UK Free Trade Agreement. Source: Sheep Central Australian sheep meat duty-free access boosted in UK FTA

Australia finalises historic Free Trade Agreement with UK

The Australian red meat industry has welcomed the announcement in London overnight of agreement in-principle regarding the parameters of the Australia-United Kingdom Free Trade Agreement. Source: Beef Central Australia finalises historic Free Trade Agreement with UK

Australian rice a big winner in UK trade agreement

The Australian Government has secured a landmark market access outcome for Australian rice growers in the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with the United Kingdom announced yesterday evening. Source: Grain Central Australian rice a big winner in UK trade agreement

Administrators seek buyers for live exporters NACC and SACC

Administrators appointed to manage the affairs of live exporter North Australian Cattle Co and its sister company, Southern Australian Cattle Co have called for expressions of interest from investors interested in buying the businesses. Source: Beef Central Administrators seek buyers for live exporters NACC and SACC

UK free trade deal outcome expected ‘within hours’

Australia is likely to have a freshly-minted Free Trade Agreement with the United Kingdom within hours, trade and media sources have suggested this morning. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and his UK equivalent, Boris Johnson met in London overnight to thrash out an in principle agreement, before an expected announcement later today, Australian time. … Read more »

SE Asia Report: Feeder prices hold above $4/kg

Australian feeder steer prices remain above $4 per kg live weight as Indonesian importers deal with rising feed commodity prices, while Vietnam has restarted live imports after a pause in March and April. Source: Beef Central SE Asia Report: Feeder prices hold above /kg

British consumers want more Australian beef and lamb – but at a price

Half of the Britons surveyed in a recent poll would buy Australian lamb and beef more often if it was stocked in United Kingdom supermarket shelves more frequently at cheaper prices. Source: Beef Central British consumers want more Australian beef and lamb – but at a price

Livex shutdown 10 years on: the calamity of knee-jerk decisions

For just about every person working in Australia’s northern cattle industry at the time it still stands as one of those “I can still remember where I was” moments. Source: Beef Central Livex shutdown 10 years on: the calamity of knee-jerk decisions

How the 2011 live export ban led to the birth of ESCAS

A behind the scenes look at the live export ban in 2011, which led to the creation of the Exporter Supply Chain Assurance System (ESCAS). Source: ABC Beef Cattle How the 2011 live export ban led to the birth of ESCAS

British consumers want more Australian lamb and beef, at a price

HALF of the Britons surveyed in a recent poll would buy Australian lamb and beef more often if it was stocked in United Kingdom supermarket shelves more frequently at cheaper prices. Source: Sheep Central British consumers want more Australian lamb and beef, at a price

May beef exports remain constricted at 76,500t

May beef exports out of Australia slumped to their lowest level in at least 20 years, industry data released this morning shows. With the exception of Korea, all major and secondary markets were impacted by low shipments – some quite dramatically. Source: Beef Central May beef exports remain constricted at 76,500t