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Meat sales to the U.S.S.R



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P R E S S

MINISTER FOR

STATE M E N I PEUMARY IND IZTCr.V.

MEAT SALES TO U.S.S.R.

The Soviet Union will buy between 40,000 and 50,000 tons of Australian meat for shipment over the next eight months.

The Minister for Primary Industry, Mr. Anthony, said today he had been advised by the Australian Meat Board that, on behalf of Australian exporters, the Board had entered into a

contract to supply the meat, valued at between $20 million and $$25 million.

The contract was negotiated with Prodintorg, the Soviet Union's meat import agency.

Mr. Anthony said the new contract, which was signed last night in Sydney, compared with exports to the Soviet Union this

year of 36,000 tons of Australian beef and mutton.

He said the new purchases by Prodintorg would consist of frozen quarter beef and carcase mutton. No boneless meat would be included, but there would be a higher proportion of mutton than in the previous contract.

"The meat will come from 26 Australian licensed meat export firms," Mr. Anthony said.

"The Australian Meat Board, with the agreement of the meat exporters, acted as the contractor in the negotiations with Prodintorg, and will also act as the charterer of vessels to carry the meat to Soviet ports.

"The first vessel will commence loading on 10th December in Melbourne."

CANBERRA,

4th December, 1970.