16 Dec 2011

Indonesia to end beef imports from Australia

10:30 am on 16 December 2011

Indonesia is to cut the amount of beef it imports from Australia next year.

The government says it is planning to ban all live cattle imports from Australia within three or four years.

But officials say the plan is not related to a temporary ban by the Australian government on exports of live cattle to Indonesia earlier this year.

Agriculture Minister Suswono told the ABC that Indonesia is moving towards having a completely self-sufficient beef industry, meaning that Australian exports to Indonesia will be phased out.

He confirmed that next year Indonesia will allow only about 280,000 Australian cows to be imported, down from 520,000 this year.