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China market access improvements for Australian grains

Australia’s grain industry is set to benefit from a new protocol that will support exports of Australian plant-based compound horse feed into China.

Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Luke Hartsuyker, said the agreement was an important step that will support further expansion of Australia’s grain, fodder and stock feed trade with China.

In addition to the horse feed protocol signed, Australia has also reached agreement with China on a number of other important market access outcomes, including lifting the compliance-based suspension on two Australian barley exporters.

“China is Australia’s largest grains export market, with exports worth $1.6 billion in 2016, and is particularly an important market for Australian wheat, barley and sorghum,” Minister Hartsuyker said.

“It is pleasing to see the plant-based horse feed protocol being finalised, with both agencies having worked cooperatively on this arrangement.

“It also provides the basis for further engagement with China on access for other fodder and stock feed from Australia, which may assist in meeting domestic demand in China.

“We are now looking to work closely with China to negotiate protocols for other plant-based stock feeds, in particular for lucerne hay.”

Australia and China also agreed to develop greater engagement and cooperation on grains trade and management systems more broadly.

“China and Australia share a long history of cooperation in agriculture and understand the benefits of working together to promote trade. The discussions held this week are evidence of this,” Minister Hartsuyker said.

“Agreement on the range of new and revised protocols at the High-Level Dialogue is another example of what can be achieved when our two governments work together in collaboration with our industries to promote and achieve new and improved market access opportunities.”​

Source: Australian Government

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