Brazilian meatpackers can now export their beef to Indonesia following an agreement between the two countries.
The successful negotiations, led by Brazil’s Agriculture Minister Tereza Cristina Dias, have resulted in Indonesia authoring beef exports from ten Brazilian meatpacking plants which have the potential to export at least 25,000 tonnes of beef products.
In a statement on the ministry’s website dated 28 August, Dias said: “Today we have received the good news of this achievement. Ten Brazilian refrigeration plants will be ready for this export. This is good for our GDP, it is good for our farmer, who has more people buying meat to export, it is good for our refrigerators. that can continue to create jobs.”
In May, Dias met with Indonesian Agriculture Minister Amran Sulaiman to discuss the opening of the Asian country to the Brazilian meat industry.
During the meeting, the minister argued that Brazil is not only able to meet the demand for Indonesian animal protein, mainly beef, but is an “alternative and cheaper supplier to Australian meat,” where most of its existing beef imports come from.
Brazil, home to large meat processors such as JBS, BRF, Marfrig and Minerva, is the world’s largest exporter of chicken and beef.
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Following the government announcement, Minerva said five of its slaughtering plants have been certified for beef exports to Indonesia. They are José Bonifácio, Rolim de Moura, Araguaína, Mirassol d’Oeste and Palmeiras de Goiás.
“With approximately 260 million inhabitants, Indonesia stands out as one of the largest Halal meat consuming markets in the world. In 2018 Indonesia was responsible for importing approximately 150,000 thousand tons of beef, Australia being responsible for supplying nearly 40% of this total,” it said.