Media Release

Coalition opens Lebanon livestock trade​

18​ December 20​14​

For the first time in over a decade, Australian livestock producers can trade directly with Lebanon for Australian feeder and slaughter cattle, sheep and goats.

Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, said this is a government committed to supporting farmers and the agricultural sector.

“With the Lebanese market open, we’ve now delivered on six market opportunities for livestock exports in the past year—Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Cambodia, and most recently Thailand,” Minister Joyce said.

“Initially, industry is forecasting we will see 10,000 head of cattle and 100,000 head of sheep make their way to Lebanon—and that’s just the beginning of trade with good prospects for growth.

“This is another strong opportunity for our livestock producers. We should be proud of Australia’s reputation for reliability, supplying tens of millions of people all over the world with some of the highest quality, cleanest and sustainably produced livestock available. This is something we do well and it’s great to see more opportunities for this industry to continue to grow.

Lebanese and Australian veterinary authorities have now reached agreement on animal health certification requirements for live feeder and slaughter cattle, sheep and goats which opens the door for the start of trade.

“The next step is for exporters to establish Exporter Supply Chain Assurance System (ESCAS) arrangements to support appropriate animal welfare outcomes in this new market.

“We said we would reinvigorate trade and expand market access. Lebanon is the next opportunity available for livestock producers.”