In recent months, the Indonesian government has taken steps to allow the import of meat and livestock products from zones within countries – such as India and Brazil – that cannot currently export to Indonesia due to animal health issues. This week Indonesian officials told reporters that the government is making every effort to open the market to bovine meat from India in time for Ramadan, which begins in early June. More details on these developments are available from the Australian trade publication Beef Central.
Indonesia’s beef imports are currently limited to product from Australia, New Zealand and the United States. Imports showed renewed momentum in 2014, reaching 107,102 metric tons (mt) – up 88 percent from the previous year and the highest volume since 2010. But last year beef imports totaled only 52,782 mt, a year-over-year decline of more than 50 percent.