Australia's beef exports face trade barriers in a number of countries. This border protection commonly takes the form of tariffs and/or tariff rate quotas. A tariff is a duty (or tax) levied on goods transported from one customs area to another.

A tariff rate quota is a quantity limit on imports below which a reduced or in-quota tariff is charged on imports. Where imports exceed the tariff rate quota the level of imports above the limit are charged a higher or above-quota tariff.

Beef tariffs: 2018


Applied tariffComment
Canada In quota: 0%
Out of quota: 26.5%
35,000 tonne quota
China 7.2% Under China-Australia FTA (2015) 12-25% tariffs eliminated by 2024
European Union Hilton
In quota: 20%
Out of quota: 12.8% + 141.4-304.1 €/100kg

In quota: 0%
Out of quota: 12.8% + 141.4-304.1 € /100kg
7,150 tonne quota

Shared access to 48,200 tonne quota
Indonesia 0-5% 0% for most tariff lines by 2020 under ASEAN-Australia-NZFTA (2010)
Japan 29.9% chilled; 27.2% frozen beef tariffs
135,000t chilled and 200,000t frozen beef safeguards; 38.5% safeguard tariff
Under Japan-Australia Economic Partnership (2015), 38.5% tariff on frozen to fall to 19.5% over 18 years, and tariff on chilled to fall to 23.5% over 15 years
Mexico 20 - 25% Shared access to 200,000 tonne quota at 0% in-quota tariff (until end 2017)
Philippines 0% Tariffs eliminated under AANZFTA
Russia In quota: 15%
Out of quota: 50%
Shared access to 11,000 tonne chilled beef and 407,000 tonne frozen beef quotas
High Quality Beef exempted from quota: 15% duty
South Korea

26.6% beef tariff
167,327t beef safeguard; 40% safeguard tariff

Under Korea-Australia FTA (2014), 40% tariff eliminated by 2028
Taiwan ('other quality' beef) NT $10/kg -
Thailand 8% Under Thailand-Australia FTA (2005), 51% tariff eliminated by 2020
USA In quota: 0%
Out of quota: 14.08%
423,214 tonne quota - expanding to 448,214 tonnes by 2022 under Australia-USA FTA (2005)
26.4% out of quota tariff eliminated by 2022

As tariff rates and quotas can alter, reference should also be made to the tariff schedules available from the relevant authority in the country of interest.

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