No quotas for Indon live cattle trade

Andi Yu

The Indonesian government has confirmed there will be no quotas for live cattle sold from Australia under an upcoming trade agreement, federal trade minister Steve Ciobo says.

Mr Ciobo met with his Indonesian counterpart, Enggartiasto Lukita, in Sydney on Sunday to discuss the Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement.

"We're working together to make sure that Indonesia's need for increased beef cattle and Australia's desire to sell more beef cattle is in a position that's going to produce a win-win outcome," he said.

Mr Ciobo said his Sunday meeting with Mr Lukita was "warm" and both sides were keen to tap into the "huge potential" of the Indonesia-Australia relationship.

Negotiations are expected to finish by the end of 2017, with the partnership set to take effect in early 2018.

Mr Ciobo said another key development in the live cattle trade was an undertaking by the Indonesians to create annual permits for livestock importers, instead of four-monthly permits.

This will provide greater certainty to Australian exporters about Indonesian demand for livestock, it is understood.

Mr Ciobo was asked if he raised the possibility of Indonesia taking asylum seekers from Australia's offshore processing centres during the meeting.

"I haven't, no," he said.

Sunday's meeting went ahead despite President Joko Widodo cancelling his trip to Australia this weekend because of chaotic protests in Jakarta.