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German Beef Imports Rise in 2011

05 April 2012
Meat & Livestock Australia

GERMANY - German beef imports increased five per cent during 2011, to 314,600 tonnes, with 83 per cent of shipments coming from other EU member states.

The Netherlands was the largest supplier, at around 90,000 tonnes, followed by France (40,000 tonnes), Poland (33,000 tonnes) and Denmark (27,000 tonnes).

According to Meat and Livestock Australia, imports from non-EU member countries during 2011 fell by one per cent, to 52,100 tonnes.

Historically Argentina has been the largest non-EU country supplier, with a total imported market share of eight per cent in 2011, totalling 26,700 tonnes.

In 2009, Argentina supplied 36,100 tonnes, with a market share of 13 per cent. The reduction in supply from Argentina over the past two years has largely been offset by increased imports from Brazil, the US and Uruguay.

Australian exports to Germany are limited, with only 144 tonnes swt of beef shipped in 2011, up from 85 tonnes swt in 2010.

Australia’s largest export market within the EU in 2011 was the UK (6,698 tonnes swt), followed by Italy (2,456 tonnes swt), Denmark (1,623 tonnes swt) and the Netherlands (1,492 tonnes swt).

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