MEDIA RELEASE Saturday 2 April 2022
The Australian Meat Industry Council (AMIC) welcomes today’s announcement of the signing of the Australia-India Economic Cooperation and Trade Agreement (AI-ECTA) by Australian Trade Minister Dan Tehan and Indian Minister for Commerce and Industry Priyush Goyal.
The agreement eliminates the current 30 percent import tariff levied on Australian sheepmeat on entry into force.
“We are incredibly pleased with this announcement today which will open up new market opportunities and new investment opportunities for the Australian sheepmeat industry,” said Roger Fletcher, AMIC Board Director and Chair of AMIC Sheepmeat Policy Group.
“AMIC has been focused on achieving this fantastic outcome for the benefit of our sheep processing members and exporters, for a very long time.
“This deal is a testament to the quality and desirability of Australian sheepmeat across the world, and we are excited to be able to add to the growing list of satisfied global consumers who demand Australian red meat,” said Mr Fletcher.
“We have been working exceptionally hard behind the scenes in our advocacy efforts with a wide range of stakeholders to ensure there is a concerted effort in pursuing market opportunities in India,” said Patrick Hutchinson, AMIC CEO.
“What has been achieved is a clear outcome of what can be done when industry and government work closely together to maximise market opportunities.
“This fantastic deal will give us added market longevity and market mix, in a diversified portfolio of new and emerging markets, as well as mature markets where we have existing strong commercial relationships.
“We are looking forward to the opportunities being offered in India and the new commercial relationships that we will build there in the years to come.”
The Australian Meat Industry Council (AMIC), is the sole peak industry body representing the post-farm gate meat industry, including processors, smallgoods manufacturers, wholesalers and distributors through to independent retail butchers and exporters.
Catharine Heffernan, General Manager – Communications
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