People in the meat trade are being urged to have their say about new rules for exporting meat products.
The call comes from the Australian government after consultation on new draft export control rules for meat and meat products were opened on November 7.
The minister for agriculture David Littleproud said the export control rules will bring in modern, flexible and streamlined export laws for meat producers.
“I want to keep the doors open for Aussie meat exporters and this will give overseas markets greater confidence in our products,” said Littleproud.
“Our industry needs to be responsive to changing overseas market conditions without slugging our farmers.
“These rules will make exporting meat straightforward and cut duplication of paperwork and processes,” he said.
“They’ll clearly outline how meat should be prepared and if permits or certificates are required while maintaining the level of oversight expected by overseas markets.
“This will support access to export markets making sure our reputation for reliable, high-quality meat is upheld,” said Littleproud.
Existing export-related legislation is being streamlined and consolidated into improved legislation in the Export Control Bill 2017 and export control rules.
The Draft Export Control Rules 2020 – for meat and meat products are ready for consultation.
Stakeholders need to make written submissions by December 21, 2018.
Information sessions will be held during November and December. Other opportunities to comment will be available before the full package comes into effect.
More than $11.5 billion of Australian meat was exported in 2017-18.
It is expected that $12.2b will be exported in 2018-19.
The rules will replace the export control orders and parts of the Australian Meat and Live-stock Industry Act and the Australian Meat and Livestock industry regulations.