Frozen meat breakthrough

28 Nov, 2012 01:00 AM
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THE Fremantle exporter that had beef stuck in Indonesia has had a breakthrough in his bid to resolve the issue.

Allegro Meats Pty Ltd managing director Geoff Bull said 63 of the 118 containers of frozen meat - 23 of which were his - were last week allowed to be re-exported.

Australian exporters have been working hard to release millions of dollars worth of frozen beef which had been stranded off Jakarta's coast for more than four months.

Indonesian Customs announced early last week that they would release 63 containers.

Mr Bull said that was all the frozen meat he had tied up in Indonesia, but he said there was still the issue of the cost.

He said the whole issue had cost the company about $500,000 so far.

Mr Bull said an Indonesian importer of his beef had guaranteed to pay the demurrage costs, but the amount was now so high there were questions over whether that would happen.

It has been reported that Indonesian authorities would not release the remaining 55 containers until the full demurrage and port holding costs on the containers were paid.

It is believed the bill is in excess of $1 million.

Farm Weekly

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