Dairy Australia has been awarded a $310,000 grant from the Australian Government to reduce technical barriers to trade across six markets in South-East Asia.
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Agriculture and Northern Australia Minister 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,” Mr 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 trade and industry general manager 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 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.

Last month, 14 of our dairy farms in Maine, as well as dozens of dairy farms across northern New England, got an unexpected and disappointing notice from Danone of North America saying that they were discontinuing their contracts with our organic dairy farmers in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and elsewhere.

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