… It is the first time in over a decade that JBS has exported frozen beef from Townsville as the company looks to capitalise on international demand…
Frozen beef exported from Port of Townsville under JBS plan
Jessica Johnston, Queensland Country Life (Australia)
29 Jun 2020
HUNDREDS of tonnes of frozen beef will be shipped from the Port of Townsville after JBS Australia secured a more efficient supply route to Asian markets.
It is the first time in over a decade that JBS has exported frozen beef from Townsville as the company looks to capitalise on international demand.
Shipping giant ANL has worked with JBS for the last year to develop and secure future meat exports from Townsville, with the first refrigerated containers leaving in May.
The Hansa Regensburg is expected to dock in Townsville tomorrow to collect the latest shipment, bound for Japan.
JBS Northern Chief Operating Officer Anthony Pratt said the new freight service would allow JBS to better serve producers in the region, with products delivered directly and more efficiently to international customers.
"The JBS Townsville plant provides a valuable option for North Queensland cattle producers to supply grass-fed cattle for processing in the region,'' Mr Pratt said.
"The plant processes roughly 145,000 cattle per year, supports 508 full-time equivalent jobs and contributes over $600 million to the local economy.''
ANL General Manager Intra Oceania Trades Chris Peck said he believed beef exports to Asia had a strong future.
"ANL has a great partnership with the agricultural sector and sees Australian beef exports, specifically those into North East Asia as a key commodity with proud history and a strong future," Mr Peck said.
Townsville Port Chief Operating Officer Drew Penny said the new venture was a strong sign that infrastructure investments made at the Port of Townsville to grow containerised cargo was supporting industry needs.
"Japan is a very important trading partner for our region, and we are thrilled to have JBS exporting directly out of Townsville,'' Mr Penny said...