Gloucester beef farmer Robert Mackenzie was quite happy when he received the BBC phone call to comment on the tentative agreement to phase out UK import tariffs.
Robert was contacted as the announcement was made by Prime Minister Scott Morrison and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson just after the G7 summit held last month in the UK.
A BBC reporter boarded a plane from Brisbane to meet Robert at one of his beef properties in Gloucester.
His 1.5-minute video interview was included in a report published online by the BBC on June 15 that discussed the deal’s impact on British beef farmers.
Robert’s comments mirror those of UK Commerce Secretary Liz Truss that Australian beef will not flood the UK market.
“This is another possibility for Australian beef to be on the world stage,” said Robert. “Australia does not have enough products to flood the market.”
This is another possibility for Australian beef to be on the world stage.
Not only was Robert thrilled to have been chosen to represent Australian beef farmers, he also thought it was a great way to promote Gloucester.
“For Gloucester to be featured by the BBC, on the world stage, it’s great for the region and Australian beef,” said Robert.
For Robert, who has already exported some of his Black Angus beef overseas, the trade deal means the UK will be another addition to his list of export countries.
“The UK is looking for a premium market that fits our hands perfectly – delivering high quality Angus products to the market,” he explained. “It is good business for Australia and the UK to work together. Not just for friendship, but to support each other.”
It is good business for Australia and the UK to work together. Not only for friendship but to support each other.
Robert admits the announcement was not unexpected, in fact his company has already hired a distributor in the UK for high-end supermarkets and restaurants.
The agreement in principle between Australia and the United Kingdom provides for the phasing out of import taxes on a range of agricultural products.
Tariffs on beef and sheep meat will be eliminated after 10 years, with duty-free quotas increasing over the period, while duties on sugar will be phased out over eight years and dairy tariffs removed after five years. increase in quotas.
“Australia welcomes the prospect of sending the product ‘home’,” said Robert.