HON WARREN TRUSS MP MINISTER FOR AGRICULTURE, FISHERIES AND FORESTRY
13 SEPTEMBER 1999
The Federal Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry, Warren Truss, announced today that the final one third of
the 1999-2000 High Quality Beef Quota (HQB) covering exports to the European Union (EU) would be released early next
Australia's annual HQB quota allocation from the EU is 7,000 tonnes and worth around A$60 million.
The Minister said he decided to make the announcement today following commercial pressure being applied in the export
"The allocation process will be the same as that used for the first two thirds of the Quota released in June," Mr Truss
"I would like to stress; however, that this allocation should not be seen as an indication that the HQB quota
arrangements will not significantly change from 1 July 2000."
The former Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry, Mark Vaile, asked the Red Meat Advisory Council (RMAC) early
this February to undertake a review of the administration of Australia's beef and sheepmeat quota arrangements for
exports to the EU.
"RMAC has provided me with a detailed report of that review, and the Government is studying its recommendations
closely," Mr Truss said.
"I expect to be in a position to announce the new EU quota arrangements, for both beef and sheepmeat, in the next
couple of months."