Member for Barker Tony Pasin has expressed welcome relief following the news that 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.
“My Coalition colleagues, Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment Steve Ciobo, Barnaby Joyce and the Assistant Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, Craig Laundy, have worked exceptionally hard and done a stellar job in representing the importance of this industry to Australia’s economy and the quality of the product made available for Chinese consumers,” said Mr Pasin.
“This issue has attracted significant discussion during meetings of the Coalition’s backbench committee of Agriculture, of which I am Chair, and I’m thrilled that it has been resolved.”
China is Australia’s largest trading partner and Australia’s beef exports to China were worth $670 million in 2016.
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