Locally produced frozen beef sets sail with APR service from Townsville to Japan

Over the last 12 months, ANL has worked closely with JBS Australia to develop and secure future meat exports ex. Townsville.

For the first time in over a decade, JBS is shipping hundreds of tonnes of frozen beef from Townsville directly to Japan. As part of a broader strategy to capitalise on international demand, ANL and JBS have collectively shipped an average of two refrigerated containers per shipment on board the APR service, since May 2020.

ANL General Manager Intra Oceania Trades, Chris Peck said he was thrilled to see the benefits of these collective efforts.

“We share a long relationship with JBS and the Port of Townsville.”

“ANL has a great partnership with the agricultural sector and sees Australian beef exports, specifically those into North East Asia, as a key commodity with proud history and a strong future.”

“The team at JBS have a great sense of vision and we look forward to continuing our relationship long into the future,” said Mr Peck.

JBS Northern Chief Operating Officer (COO), Anthony Pratt has welcomed ANL’s reefer shipping options from the Townsville Port.

“The JBS Townsville plant provides a valuable option for North Queensland cattle producers to supply grass-fed cattle for processing in the region. At present, the plant processes roughly 145,000 cattle per year, supports 508 full-time equivalent jobs and contributes over $600 million to the local economy,”

Mr. Pratt confirmed that the shipping service, APR, provided by ANL better allows JBS to serve producers in the region and deliver products in a more direct and efficient manner to international customers.

Townsville Port Chief Operating Officer, Drew Penny said the new venture is a strong sign that the infrastructure investments the Port of Townsville has made to grow containerised cargo, is supporting the aims of North Queensland exporters and international shipping lines like ANL.

“Japan is a very important trading partner for our region, and we are thrilled to have JBS exporting directly out of Townsville.

“We are committed growing agriculture exports directly from Townsville to support our customers, farmers and industries in North Queensland, and we thank JBS for their confidence and support in our shipping lines and port facilities.” Mr Penny said.