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Good news -Indonesian permit cuts introduced as first cattle ship leaves
« Reply #1 on: March 22, 2012, 05:23:29 PM »
The Indonesian Government has issued 60,000 import permits for Australian cattle for the first quarter of this year.

This is down from 100,000 for same period last year.

The drop in permits comes as the Indonesians begin to reduce their annual import quota to 283,000 this year.

Last year, Indonesia issued 520,000 import permits.

The change coincides with the first shipment of cattle from Darwin this year, which left for Indonesia yesterday with 7,500 cattle on board.

Kevin Mullvahil is the CEO of the NT Livestock Exporters Association, and he says they were hoping more permits would be issued for this quarter.

"When the figure of 283,000 was announced for the year, we realised the first quarter would be based on a percentage, so we knew it was going to be low.

"Expectations were above 60, maybe 80,000 head.

"The first quarter generally is a quiter quarter because we have the wet season influence, but we were hopeful of having a larger percentage going this first quarter.

Despite a lower than anticipated quota, the Association is expecting permits to increase.

"We're hopeful there will be a revision during the first quarter.

"Our preference is to let the Indonesian Government asses what their needs are, but we do feel that there will be an upward movement in numbers later within the quarter or the first half of this year.

Kevin Mullvahil says changes that have been made to supply-chain management of the live cattle trade between the countries will encourage an increase.

"In Indonesia, they've changed their structures and likewise there's new systems and processes in Australia.

"The changes are being embraced on both sides of the water, and I'm confident that in the next six to 12 months we will see a much better supply chain.

"The Indonesians will see improvement in meat hygiene and meat quality.

"I think demand for clean, fresh meat through our supply-chains will actually improve our permit situation."

By Liz Trevaskis
Friday, 6 January  2012