High level talks reinforce strength of Australia-Japan ag ties

19 February 2021

Today’s 7th Australia-Japan High Level Dialogue has agreed on progressing the Statement of Intent (SOI) on Agri-Food Value Chains.

Department secretary Andrew Metcalfe AO, who co-chaired the Dialogue virtually with Japan’s Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Vice Minister Osawa, said the SOI was now a step closer for consideration by Australia and Japan’s agriculture ministers.

“With Japan our second biggest agricultural trading partner, today was an important opportunity to reinforce our ties and share our strong ambition for future trade and collaboration,” Mr Metcalfe said.

“The SOI once agreed will solidify the commitment of both countries to work together on supply chain resilience, export modernisation and future food systems.

“These go to enhancing market access and expansion opportunities.

“Today’s discussions were also an opportunity to highlight our already strong bilateral agriculture trading relationship, particularly in areas such as meat, dairy and plant products.

“Discussions at the government-industry beef talks and dairy talks involving Meat and Livestock Australia and Dairy Australia were also highlighted.

“Through these talks we can lift our engagement and relationships.”

Australia’s agricultural trade with Japan was valued at $5.7 billion in 2019-20, a 15 per cent increase from 2015-16 when we entered into our bilateral agreement – the Japan-Australia Economic Partnership Agreement (JAEPA). 

Australia is an important supplier to Japan of beef, woodchips, cheese, wheat, offal, fodder and barley.