Friday 25 October 2002 - MVT137/2002
Live Cattle Exports to Korea Back on Track
The resumption of the live cattle trade with the Republic of Korea
is excellent news for Australia's producers and exporters, Trade Minister
Mark Vaile said today.
A shipment of 563 Australian live cattle arrived on 5 October 2002
at the Korean port of Incheon, where they were held under Korea's
mandatory quarantine holding period. The cattle have now been transported
to Korean cattle farmers in Kyunggi Province who will fatten them
for the abattoirs.
"After the disappointment of the two failed shipments to Korea last
year, this is the first step in a mutually rewarding commercial trade
in live cattle from Australia to Korea," Mr Vaile said.
"Both countries will benefit from the live cattle trade. For Australian
producers and exporters, the live cattle trade with Korea could involve
up to 8,500 head of cattle annually, worth an estimated A$20 million.
The Korean cattle industry will benefit from the more productive usage
of female Hanwoo (traditional) cattle, and extra employment and profit
in Korea's feed manufacturing, transport and meat processing industries."
The cattle had undertaken an exhaustive process of quarantine health
checks in Australia before departure and they were cleared and released
by Korea's quarantine authorities.
"Australia is proud of our clean and green image as an agricultural
producer and is committed to a rigorous rural export processing system,"
Mr Vaile said.
Mr Vaile said the Government supported the live cattle export trade,
which provides an important marketing alternative for producers and
is currently valued globally at $540 million dollars. The live cattle
trade employs directly around 9000 people in Australia.
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