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Tuesday, 14 September 1971
Page: 1226


Mr KATTER (KENNEDY, QUEENSLAND) - I address a question to the Minister for Trade and Industry. I understand that recently Japan made an announcement relating to beef and veal imports in 1971-72. Will the Minister inform the House as to the nature of the announcement and give some indication of the prospects for our beef and veal exports to the Japanese market?


Mr ANTHONY (RICHMOND, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Deputy Prime Minister) - Imports of beef and veal into Japan are controlled by a global quota as well as by tariffs and an import levy. Japan recently announced its opening global quota for the year ending 30th March 1972 of 14,000 tons and if it follows normal procedure there will be a follow-up quota of the same amount resulting in an annual quota of 28,000 tons or 16 per cent more than the quota last year. This is certainly welcomed by Australia mainly because we have been supplying something like 80 per cent of Japan's global quota of beef and veal. I believe this performance may be improved with the new refrigerated container shipping facilities now operating between Australia and Japan. These facilities should enable large volumes of high quality chilled beef and veal to enter that market.

The Japanese market offers enormous potential for Australia's beef industry. A slight increase in consumption per head of population in Japan means an enormous additional requirement for that country. The Japanese consume annually about 6 lb of beef per head compared with 90 lb per head in Australia. If there is a one lb increase in consumption per head in Japan the additional requirement would be 50,000 tons. We expect that with increased living standards in Japan and with the pressure for further liberalised trading relations there will be an increased availability for the export of Australian meat to that country. All in all the opportunities for Australian export of beef to Japan look reasonably encouraging.







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