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Iran market open for Australian livestock exports after four decades
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Australian Minister for Agriculture Barnaby Joyce has announced that for the first time in more than four decades Australian livestock exports to Iran are set to commence.
 
“This is great news for our sheep, cattle and goat farmers, and gives the livestock exports industry the green light to begin trade with Iran,” Minister Joyce said.
 
“Now that the animal health certification requirements are agreed, exporters can begin establishing Exporter Supply Chain Assurance System (ESCAS) compliant supply chains in Iran.
 
Exports to Iran will be subject to the same animal welfare standards as all other markets.
 
“As the government negotiations have concluded, it’s over to industry to take the lead with this and begin setting up systems to send Australian livestock to Iran.
 
“I fully support the live exports trade - livestock exports are an important, ongoing trade for Australia and contribute significantly to the economy.
 
“This trade supports regional communities and underpins economic returns to the farm gate.
 
“At this stage, it’s probably too early to speculate on how many Australian sheep we’ll see going to Iran, but I hope to see this trade build as the years go by,” Minister Joyce said. 
 
(Source: beefcentral.com)

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