WHEN one door closes another one opens in what seems to be the case for Australian sheepmeat producers.

Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Murray Watt announced on 2 July that sheepmeat exports to Brazil had been restored following a suspension of trade in 2020.

Brazil has restored market access for Australian sheepmeat, sheep meat products and edible offal. Trade had previously been suspended because of changes in Brazilian requirements.

The announcement follows just a day after legislation passed through the Senate to ban live sheep exports by sea from 1 May 2028.

The resumption of trade with Brazil gives access for Australian sheepmeat producers to the 217 million people who live in the South American country.

Minister Watt said this was a positive step forward for Australia’s growth in agricultural trade with Brazil.

“Brazil has a sizeable and growing market for meat products where Australian products are held in high regard for their excellence,” Minister Watt said.

“Restored market access for sheep products opens new opportunities for the Australian sheepmeat industry.

“Both governments have committed considerable effort to strengthening our bilateral relationship and we are seeing benefits from our engagement.

“This positive outcome reflects the hard work and technical expertise of officials on both sides and shows that when we work together, both Australia and Brazil can benefit.

“The Australian Government greatly values our bilateral agricultural trade relationship with Brazil, and we are committed to seeing its continued growth.”