Australia resumes live cattle exports to Indonesia after import permit delay

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Published Feb 22, 2024

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Indonesia has ended a weeks-long delay by issuing import permits for Australian live cattle and horticultural goods, with Australia being Indonesia's largest supplier of live cattle, contributing around 400,000 animals worth approximately $400 million annually. However, import permits for boxed beef are still pending. Two livestock export vessels have already departed Darwin for Indonesia, and permits for importing around 650,000 head of Australian cattle in 2024 have been issued.
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The Australian government said on Wednesday that Indonesia had issued import permits for Australian live cattle and horticultural goods after a weeks-long delay that stalled shipments, according to Reuters. Australia is Indonesia's biggest supplier of live cattle, sending around 400,000 animals worth around $400 million to the country each year. Australia also ships fruit, nuts, vegetables and meat to Indonesia each year worth hundreds of millions of dollars. January was the first full month since March 1990 in which no cattle were shipped from Darwin, an export hub in northern Australia that serves Indonesia. "Australia is pleased to see import permits for live cattle and horticulture are being issued," a spokesperson for the agriculture ministry said. "We understand import permits for boxed beef have not yet been issued. Australia continues to monitor and engage with Indonesia to resolve the delays," the spokesperson added. At least two livestock export vessels have already left ...
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