China has ratified an export agreement which gives unprecedented market access to the Australian live cattle industry.
Federal Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce says China's signature on the cattle health protocol agreement takes Australia a step closer to the first shipment of Australian export feeder and slaughter cattle into China.
Mr Joyce said the exporters would now need to ensure all animal welfare standards under the ESCAS system were in order.
He said the first trial shipment of cattle from Australia to China would go by air.
"This is a process that allows you to basically test the supply chain, and it allows for immediate transport in one day," he said.
"I think we'll see more of this in the future.
"It won't be the norm. It will be a very small part of the market, but it's a vital part of the market."
The Australian Government believes the Chinese market for live cattle can eventually become as big as the largest current market, Indonesia.
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