The European Union Cattle Accreditation Scheme (EUCAS) – Supplying the European Union

Australian beef producers have the opportunity to supply cattle for the European Union supply chain, provided the meet the market's requirements around traceability and HGP-free status.

About the EU market

The European Union (EU) offers a reliable, high-value opportunity for Australian beef, despite access to the market traditionally being restricted due to tariffs and quotas.

Cattle production in the EU is declining, whilst consumption has remained steady, causing a growing beef supply deficit that has been forecast to approach one million tonnes by 2020.

In January 2010, Australia gained access to a new 20,000-tonne tariff-free grainfed beef quota. In 2009-10, Australian beef exports to the EU increased 9% and in 2010-11 increased a further 52%. This increase is a result of maintaining exports under the "Hilton" quota and then supplying additional tonnage of grainfed beef.

Supplying grainfed beef under the new 20,000-tonne quote has opened new opportunities for Australian beef in the EU. This includes new higher value market segments and regions that have previously not used Australian beef.

Key points for supplying the EU

  • Beef destined for the EU must have been supplied through a EU accredited supply chain, including producers, feedlots and saleyards
  • EUCAS requires individual animal traceback capability on all animals slaughtered for the EU market
  • The EU will only take beef from cattle free of hormone growth promotants (HGPs)

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More information

EUCAS helpline
Phone: 1800 305 544

Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service (AQIS)

For EUCAS requirements and links to necessary forms click here



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