Alpaca jumper for a Chile journey

15 June 2021

Australia’s alpaca producers are well positioned to develop new export markets following the opening of trade in alpacas with Chile.

Head of Biosecurity at the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment, Andrew Tongue, said the export of alpacas would provide Chile access to quality Australian genetics and help improve Chile’s national herd.

“Australian animals and fleeces are now ranked among the world’s best with Australian alpaca fibre used in high fashion garments, as well as knitwear, blankets, doonas and even carpets,” Mr Tongue said

"Health certification requirements are the foundation for trade in animals and this agreement means we can continue to build on trade opportunities as we work to revitalise our primary industries.

“Close collaboration between the department and the Australian Alpaca Association has ensured that the agreement meets the biosecurity needs of Chile without placing undue burden on or costs on Australian exporters.

“This is a significant new market for Australian livestock with the potential to provide support to this niche but valuable industry and bring real returns to producers at the farmgate.”