Media Release

Iran - the latest market open for business

28 May 2014

Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, is pleased to announce today that for the first time in more than four decades Australian livestock exports to Iran can now begin.

"This is great news for our sheep, cattle and goat farmers, and gives the livestock exports industry the green light to begin trade with Iran," Minister Joyce said.

"Now that the animal health certification requirements are agreed, exporters can begin establishing Exporter Supply Chain Assurance System (ESCAS) compliant supply chains in Iran.

Exports to Iran will be subject to the same animal welfare standards as all other markets.

"As the government negotiations have concluded, it's over to industry to take the lead with this and begin setting up systems to send Australian livestock to Iran.

"I fully support the live exports trade - livestock exports are an important, ongoing trade for Australia and contribute significantly to the economy.

"This trade supports regional communities and underpins economic returns to the farmgate.

"As Minister I've been pleased to announce since being elected, that we've regained market access to Bahrain and Egypt. Iran is now another option for our hardworking producers.

"A major priority for the Australian Government is increasing the market opportunities for our Australian producers and we are certainly delivering on this.

"This is another example of the government's commitment to Australia's agricultural industries and farming families.

"At this stage, it's probably too early to speculate on how many Australian sheep we'll see going to Iran, but I hope to see this trade build as the years go by," Minister Joyce said.