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China Agreement to Lift Aussie Sheepmeat Price 26 Cents

20 November 2014

CHINA – Tariff elimination on Australian sheepmeat exports to China will “significantly increase” farmgate returns, says the Sheepmeat Council of Australia (SCA).

This is in response to the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement which analysts at the Council expect to increase meat prices by between 13 and 26 cents.

The figure applies to deadweight product and is for a rise above base-line levels. 

They say the eight year agreement will mean Australia can rival New Zealand over the coming years.

Currently, China accounts for 90 per cent of Australian offal and 25 per cent of sheepmeat exports.

Summarising the agreement for farmers, SCA councillor Ian McColl was grateful for the government’s work.

“When fully realized, this deal could lift the baseline price of lamb and mutton and significantly increase the farm gate returns of producers,” said Mr McColl.

“The Government worked hard to deliver a beneficial outcome for our meat trade but also for exports of co-products* and skins, and for this we are very grateful.”

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