ABARES produced 11 facts sheets between March and July 2020 to provide regular analysis of the impact of COVID-19 on agricultural trade for the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment. This report is a compilation of the agricultural trade implications fact sheets: initial impact, supply chain disruption, agricultural inputs, trade policy responses, export progress, Australia’s rice supply, impacts on Indonesia, looking forward, beef exports, Australia in the global grains market and short-run implications.
This ABARES Insights report says Australia’s agricultural trade has generally unhindered by the COVID-19 pandemic. But for some sectors, such as food service and those reliant on air freight, there were some significant disruptions.
This report explored the potential impacts on agricultural trade from the COVID-19 pandemic. For Australian producers, the earlier drought conditions and bushfires continued to dominate production outcomes for the 2019-20 season, while improvement was seen as possible due to improved seasonal conditions likely for 2020-21.