Australian meat processor resumes trade with China after seven-day ban

An Australian meatworks has resumed trade with China after a short lived seven-day export suspension late final month.

The Department of Agriculture Water and Environment confirmed a week-long ban had been imposed and mentioned the corporate had resumed “exporting product to China with no materials impression on trade”.

Meat business analyst and dealer Simon Quilty mentioned the suspension was utilized to the sheep processing facility over COVID-related issues.

“Upon arrival in China, they’d examined, supposedly, a constructive [COVID result] on the packaging of the frozen meat,” he mentioned.

Mr Quilty mentioned China had utilized the identical suspension to abattoirs across the globe underneath comparable circumstances.

“In this occasion, China has remained constant with delisting for one week solely these crops which have examined on the packaging coming in,” he mentioned.

“The [Australian] plant was delisted on the twenty ninth of March – so seven days – so after the primary week of April it was again up and running … merely, it could have been a really minor disruption if any in any respect.”

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Mr Quilty mentioned the suspension wouldn’t have induced a lot disruption to the business.(ABC Wodonga: Ashlee Charlton)

Mr Quilty mentioned China had a unique strategy to delisting abattoirs the place COVID infections amongst employees had been reported, with lots of these abattoirs, together with a number of in Australia, remaining suspended.

Mr Quilty mentioned there have been 158 meat crops from 26 international locations that had been suspended from exporting meat to China as a consequence of COVID-related issues over the previous two years.

“During that two-year interval, 65 have been relisted and proceed to trade into China, leaving 93 crops proper now that merely can’t ship from numerous international locations around the globe into China due to COVID-related issues,” he mentioned.

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