The European Union has taken a closer step towards raising the grainfed high quality beef import quota from 20,000 tonnes to 48,200 tonnes.
The EU Parliament’s International Trade Committee approved the proposed EU concession last Friday, paving the way for the full parliament to vote on the issue on March 13.
If approved, the regulation will authorise countries that are not members of the union to sell 48,200 tonnes of duty-free high-quality beef from animals not treated with hormonal growth promotants to the EU from August 2012.
Meat and Livestock Australia said Australia exported 4,225 tonnes swt of grain-fed beef to the EU in 2011, up from 13 tonnes in 2009.
“An increase in quota allocation would provide Australian producers with further opportunity to export high quality grain-fed beef to the high value EU market,” MLA said.
The quota increase was agreed in 2009 in bilateral conciliation talks and memoranda of understanding already concluded with the United States and Canada.