Australian beef is now being cleared from Chinese ports within one to two weeks, much faster than the two months it took in the past two years, according to industry participants.
This development is seen as a sign of improving relations between the two countries after a visit to China by Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong.
China allowed four companies to resume coal imports from Australia last month after an unofficial ban since 2020, and the first cargoes have arrived this week.
The faster clearing times, which started in January, have helped increase trade, with more Australian beef available on the market. The reasons for the change are unknown, but it’s believed that the abandonment of COVID tests for chilled and frozen food imports since January 8 has helped speed up the processing.