Emanuel Exports handed livestock ban

Canberra has suspended Emanuel Exports’s licence in the waking of shocking footage of conditions on a ship carried on a primetime documentary earlier this year.

A whistleblower seafarer videoed conditions onboard the Awassi Express (pictured) over a series of voyages from Australia to Middle East in which many sheep died.

The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources announced on Friday that it has suspended the live export licence of Emanuel Exports pending a full review of the company’s response to a show cause notice.

Earlier this week, another top Australian sheep and cattle exporter, Livestock Shipping Services, bowed to pressure and quit sending animals to the Middle East during the perilously hot northern hemisphere summer months, deciding to reroute a number of shipments to South America instead.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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