The Nationals welcome beef export trade ban lifted

30 May 2024

Leader of The Nationals David Littleproud has welcomed news China will lift its ban on Australian beef exporters. Mr Littleproud said the suspension of five major Australian beef exporters has been lifted, effective immediately.

“This is a positive step for Australian beef farmers and producers, it is a huge boost for the beef industry,” Mr Littleproud said. “I would like to thank the Chinese Ambassador for turning the page on this crucial issue.

“The challenge now will be the strain on the workforce, which is why we desperately need to reinstate the Agriculture Visa, to help give our beef industry the tools our farmers need.

“The sector is currently working at just 60 to 70 per cent capacity. The Ag Visa would help the workforce by allowing more capacity and in turn, increasing supply, which would help drive beef prices down for families at the checkout amid a cost-of-living crisis.

“We need foreign workers at the right quantities and in the right place and that’s why a future Coalition Government will reinstate the Ag Visa, while still having a common sense migration policy.”

Bans remain on two other processors, including the John Dee abattoir in the electorate of Maranoa. “The abattoirs that remain suspended are hopeful they will be included in the next phase of China’s bans lifted.

They are receiving positive feedback and of course, we support the speedy removal of China’s bans across all abattoirs. “The Nationals will always back Australian farmers and our beef industry.