Kuwait’s Livestock Transport and Trading (Al Mawashi) is in talks with possible new livestock suppliers after an Australian lawmaker proposed legislation to ban the export of live sheep, its chief executive said on Wednesday.
“Our trust in Australia as a supplier of sheep to Kuwait has weakened,” Al Mawashi CEO Usama Khaled Boodai told a press conference.
“In 2018, we will start importing from new countries other than Australia,” Boodai said.
He said majority state-owned Al Mawashi, a major supplier to other Gulf Arab states such as Qatar, Oman and the United Arab Emirates, imported 1.28 million livestock from Australia in 2017, mostly sheep.
Australia is one of the world’s largest exporters of livestock. While the bulk of its meat exports are processed, markets such as the Middle East and Indonesia prefer to buy live animals.
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