Road Trains losing $25k daily over export ban

Livestock transporter Road Trains of Australia is losing $25,000 daily even though the export ban to Indonesia has been lifted

By Ruza Zivkusic | July 26, 2011

The live export ban has been lifted but many transport companies are still waiting to get back to business.

Road Trains of Australia manager Brooke Hartley is losing $25,000 each day for the 4,500 cattle that are sitting at his site waiting to be transported to Indonesia.

Hartley says export operators are feeling the pinch with some already having gone broke.

"It has certainly set us back. There is millions of dollars of gear parked up doing nothing," he says.

"We just have nothing to do. The Federal Government is making all these rules and no one has got permits from Australia yet to export.

"There’s no cattle being exported to Indonesia. 4,500 cattle have been sitting here waiting since they took the ban on, still standing with no where to go."

Six other stakeholder groups in north-western Queensland are considering legal action.

Hartley has been transporting stock in Australia sine 1971. Half of his cattle export is linked to Indonesia.

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