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Australia calls Indonesia to relax cattle import restriction

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Staff Writer | January 20, 2017
Australia cattle
Meat trade   350kg and 30 months

Australia is demanding that Indonesia loosen an import restriction that requires imported cattle to weigh at least 350kg and be 30 months old when it arrives in the archipelago.

The requirement limits cattle options that Australia can supply to Indonesia.

Indonesia has asked in return that Australia cut the price of its cattle by around USD 0.75/kg.

“Adjusting the requirement would make it easier to import from Australia. If Australia can commit to the price cut, we will relax the requirement,” said I Ketut Diarmita, Director General of Livestock and Animal Health.

Trade Minister Eggartiasto Lukita had said earlier that he has been in intense communication with his Australian counterpart to close the deal.

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