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New rules for meat exports

By Country News

People in the meat trade are being urged to have their say about new rules for exporting meat products.

Federal Agriculture Minister David Littleproud said the Export Control Rules would bring in modern, flexible and streamlined export laws for meat producers.

‘‘I want to keep the doors open for Aussie meat exporters and this will give overseas markets greater confidence in our products,’’ Mr Littleproud said.

‘‘Our industry needs to be responsive to changing overseas market conditions without slugging our farmers.

‘‘These rules will make exporting meat straightforward and cut duplication of paperwork and processes.’’

The rules will outline how meat should be prepared for market and if permits or certificates are required, as well as reiterating the level of oversight expected by overseas markets.

Existing export-related legislation is being consolidated into the Export Control Bill 2017 and the Export Control Rules.

The draft meat rules are now ready for consultation with written submissions required by December 21.

■For more information, visit: www.agriculture.gov.au/market-access-trade/export-regulation-review/consultation