Queensland Senator Ian Macdonald has welcomed the opening up of a new livestock export market with Egypt.
Breeder cattle, sheep and goats can now be exported to Egypt along with feeder and slaughter livestock following the finalisation of health certification requirements.
Senator Macdonald said the opening up of the Egyptian market presented significant export opportunities for Australia's $1 billion livestock export industry.
"This export initiative, which will help to improve existing herds in Egypt, is all part of the Government’s commitment to strengthening the livestock export trade and expanding market access for Australian producers.
"This is in stark contrast to the former Labor Government who shut down the live export market in a kneejerk reaction that cost the nation millions of dollars in lost export income and devastated the livelihoods of hundreds of Northern cattle producers," he said.
The addition of this new export market closely follows the opening of new export markets in Bahrain and Iran.