China trade re-opens for Naracoorte abattoir

12 Dec 2023
The South Australian Government welcomes the Chinese Government’s decision to lift suspensions on the Naracoorte abattoir – along with two other Australian facilities. 
Eased restrictions will enable the Teys Australia meat facility to recommence sending its products to China.
Meat exports were suspended from the Naracoorte abattoir in January 2022, two years after similar restrictions were imposed on interstate abattoirs Australian Lamb Company and JBS.
Today’s announcement is another step towards easing Chinese trade restrictions and follows an agreement between Australian and Chinese Governments to review tariffs on Australian wine.
It also follows China lifting restrictions on Australian hay imports in October. 
In 2012, prior to the suspension of Teys’ export licence, South Australian beef exports to China were valued at $74.5 million. However, the most recent ABS data shows SA meat exports over the last 12 months fell to $10.7 million.
Premier Peter Malinauskas led a business delegation to China in mid-September, to further strengthen South Australia’s partnership with the important trading partner.