THE AUSTRALIAN Livestock Exporters’ Council (ALEC) has welcomed confirmation today that the Indonesian Government has commenced issuing import permits for 200,000 feeder cattle for the first four months of 2016.
ALEC chief executive officer Alison Penfold said Indonesia had also confirmed it would be allocating cattle permits every four months (or three times a year), rather than every three months (four times a year) as has previously been the case.
“Once exporters receive the permits from their importers, work can commence to organise live cattle orders for the coming months. This is an important trimester for the trade to Indonesia as it includes cattle for the peak demand period of Ramadan which falls in June this year,” Ms Penfold said.
“It is important for exporters and others in the supply chain for allocations to be announced as early as possible, ideally before the start of the permit period, to give all stakeholders enough time to plan the significant logistics involved with exporting hundreds of thousands of live cattle to Indonesia.
“Australian exporters will therefore continue to work with Indonesia for annual permit allocations. The move to triannual allocations certainly represents progress on that front which is encouraging.
“Today’s confirmation is good news for all stakeholders in the live cattle supply chain and will provide greater short-term certainty for businesses in our industry, both here in Australia as well as in Indonesia,” Mr Penfold said.
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