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AMIC Celebrates China Lifting Suspensions for Aussie Export Plants

TL;DR: China lifts export bans on five Australian meat processors; AMIC continues efforts to lift remaining suspensions and restart market opportunities.

The Australian Meat Industry Council (AMIC) is pleased with China’s decision to lift export bans on five out of seven Australian meat processors suspended in 2020 for technical reasons.

This decision follows the removal of COVID-19 suspensions for three processors six months ago. AMIC has worked hard with the government and industry partners in China to achieve this.

After four years of effort, AMIC CEO Patrick Hutchinson said, “We have finally achieved a fantastic result for red meat exporters.”

AMIC collaborated closely with Agricultural Minister Murray Watt, Trade Minister Don Farrell, the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, as well as Chinese partners.

This outcome benefits not only the companies but also their clients, farmers, and feedlots.

Shortly, AMIC will keep working with the Federal Government and China to lift the remaining two suspensions. They aim to restart opportunities for other Australian red meat businesses seeking access to the Chinese market.

“We thank the Australian Government, Prime Minister Albanese, Minister Watt, and Minister Farrell for their assistance,” Mr. Hutchinson said.