The Turnbull Coalition Government is pleased China has lifted the suspension of red meat imports from six Australian meat-processing facilities.

The facilities, which account for around 30 percent of Australia’s beef exports to China, can now resume exporting.

This positive outcome reflects the high level of cooperation between Australian and Chinese authorities, and our red meat industry.

I also acknowledge the hard work of Barnaby Joyce and the Assistant Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, Craig Laundy, in representing the importance of this industry to Australia’s economy and the quality of the product made available for Chinese consumers.

Australia has an excellent relationship with China, our largest trading partner. The goodwill generated by the success of the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA) assisted in resolving this matter quickly.

We respect the Chinese Government’s strong commitment to food safety for their consumers and understand the importance of meeting their import requirements.

The Turnbull Coalition Government works hard to preserve our clean, green and safe food credentials and this remains key to maintaining our agricultural trade with countries such as China.

We will continue to work together to build on the successes of the ChAFTA to our mutual benefit. 

Australia’s beef exports to China were worth $670 million in 2016.

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