This week the Indonesian government approved first-quarter import permits for 98,000 head of live cattle – down 27 percent from the first quarter of last year. Ten importers were reported to have been denied permits because in 2014 they failed to fulfill Indonesia’s requirement of delivering at least 80 percent of the cattle for which they were allocated import permits as finished, slaughter-ready animals within the same calendar year.
USMEF has confirmed through importers that Indonesia has also issued beef import permits for the first quarter of 2015, but the total volume has not yet been announced. FAS-Jakarta continues to seek clarification on eligibility of short plate and other selected muscle cuts. Hearts, livers and other variety meat items are not eligible.
We will provide an update on beef import permits when more details become available. Exporters with questions regarding Indonesia may email Travis Arp or call 303-623-6328.