Voy­ages sig­nal re­birth of live ex­ports

Countryman - - LIVE EXPORT NEWS - Zach Relph

Up to 130,000 WA-pro­duced sheep will leave the State in about a fort­night on a voy­age in­dus­try fig­ure­heads are tip­ping will reignite the live sheep trade and end months of in­dus­try in­de­ci­sion.

Ru­ral Ex­port and Trad­ing WA, the Aus­tralian sub­sidiary of ex­port giant Kuwait Live­stock Trans­port and Trad­ing, is procur­ing sheep af­ter its live ex­port li­cence was ap­proved last Thurs­day.

RETWA gen­eral man­ager Mike Gor­don said the ex­port com­pany’s ves­sels Al Shuwaikh and Al Mes­si­lah, both an­chored off Fre­man­tle, were sched­uled to leave WA in about two weeks en route to Kuwait.

“For RETWA the work re­ally starts now,” he said.

“We very much un­der­stand our obli­ga­tions in terms of meet­ing the ex­pec­ta­tions of the reg­u­la­tor, the Fed­eral Min­is­ter and most im­por­tantly the Aus­tralian pub­lic.

“RETWA, our con­trac­tors, sup­pli­ers and cus­tomers need to fully un­der­stand the role and ex­pec­ta­tions of each and ev­ery in­di­vid­ual in the ex­port process if we are to have a sus­tain­able fu­ture.”

Pas­toral­ists and Gra­ziers As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent Tony Seabrook and WAFarm­ers pres­i­dent Tony York both trum­peted RETWA re­ceiv­ing the green light.

How­ever, Mr Seabrook ques­tioned why the Depart­ment of Agri­cul­tural and Wa­ter Re­sources had not promptly is­sued the ap­proval given RETWA lodged its ap­pli­ca­tion on Au­gust 17.

“(The de­lay) has only served to place liveli­hoods of thou­sands of WA farm­ing busi­nesses and fam­i­lies in limbo,” he said.

“These un­nec­es­sary de­lays, which seem to be based solely on hav­ing an as­so­ci­a­tion with WA’s largest sheep ex­porter Emanuel Ex­ports, in no way ben­e­fits pas­toral­ists and live­stock pro­duc­ers.

“(It) has only served in de­stroy­ing the con­fi­dence in what is a le­gal, safe and vi­able in­dus­try.”

Mr York said he hoped the ap­proval sig­nalled the trade’s com­plete re­sump­tion and pro­vided clar­ity for sheep pro­duc­ers plan­ning for next year’s sea­son.

“The WA agri­cul­ture in­dus­try has felt tremen­dous stress over the past four months due to the sud­den halt in live trade,” he said.

“WAFarm­ers is pleased with this out­come and hopes that now RETWA’s ex­port li­cence has been granted, the live sheep trade can kick into full swing.”

Pic­ture: Steve Fer­rier

The Al Shuwaikh at Fre­man­tle port.

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