Pathway for sheep exports to Saudi Arabia

7 April 2021

A new pathway has now been established, increasing opportunities to export Australian sheep to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. 

Minister for Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management David Littleproud says the Australian Government will always support our farmers and farming communities, which importantly includes developing and maintaining strong export markets for agricultural products

“My department has been working closely with their counterparts in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to ensure that these new arrangements meet Saudi Arabia’s requirements and ensure the health and welfare of the exported animals”, Minister Littleproud said.

“As with all livestock exports from Australia, exporters must hold a valid licence and have arrangements in place to ensure animal health and welfare requirements are met during preparation and transport.

“For feeder and slaughter livestock, these animal welfare obligations extend through to the point of slaughter in the importing country.

“Exporters can apply to the department to have the required arrangements approved for the export of livestock to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. 

“My department will continue to work with the livestock export industry to implement these arrangements and ensure smooth trade with our important trading partners.”

A new Export Advisory Notice (2021-05) has been published on the department’s website outlining the finalised requirements.

Fast Facts:

  • For the financial year 2019-20, the trade value of exported Australian livestock was $2.040 billion.