Milking opportunities for dairy markets

The Hon David Littleproud MP
Minister for Agriculture and Northern Australia
  • Dairy Australia awarded a $310,000 grant to help reduce technical barriers to trade in South East Asian markets.
  • Technical barriers remain a key challenge for Australian exporters seeking to expand market access across the region.
  • Dairy Australia have been awarded a $310,000 grant from the Australian Government to reduce technical barriers to trade across six markets in South East Asia.

    Minister for Agriculture and Northern Australia David Littleproud said the grant would enable dairy exporters to build on our trade agreements.

    “What this grant will do is identify and reduce the impact of technical barriers to trade,” Minister Littleproud said.

    “Technical barriers include measures such as product testing, shelf life and food labelling.

    “These requirements add costs to exporters and often impede their ability to get Australian products to international markets.

    “As a government, we help make trade easier by pursuing trade agreements, and we have taken steps to do so.

    Dairy Australia’s General Manager of Trade and Industry Charles McElhone said the grant would build on work already undertaken by the government.

    “We are trying to identify and address resolvable obstacles to trade that might exist in six key markets: Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, Vietnam and the Philippines,” Mr McElhone said.

    “Once we’ve identified the obstacles, we will be able to work with our industry counterparts, Agriculture Counsellors and stakeholders in these countries to make life easier for exporters.”

    Fast Facts:

    • The Agricultural Trade and Market Access Cooperation (ATMAC) grants have been awarded under the Australian Government’s Agri-Business Expansion Initiative.
    • The Australian government has invested $72.7 million through ABEI to help Australia’s agricultural, forestry and fisheries industries diversify and expand their export markets.
    • The Australian dairy industry is forecast to be valued at $4.3 billion in 2020-21.
    • Dairy exports are forecast to be valued at $3.7 billion in the same time period.

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