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Red Meat Exports to South Asia Rising

15 August 2013
Meat & Livestock Australia

AUSTRALIA - Australian red meat (beef and veal, lamb, mutton and goat) exports to South Asia, excluding China, during July rose by 14 per cent year-on-year, to 16,728 tonnes.

The exports were boosted by a continuation of the strong demand for sheep meat, with shipments totalling 3,877 tonnes - up 118 per cent year-on-year, according to figures from the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry.

According to Meat and Livestock Australia, Australian beef and veal exports during July were steady year-on-year, at 12,496 tonnes.

While frozen beef shipments increased 3 per cent year-on-year, to 11,226 tonnes, chilled beef exports decreased 18 per cent, to 1,270 tonnes, underpinned by lower shipments to Taiwan (down 52 per cent, at 288 tonnes) and Indonesia (down 10 per cent, at 231 tonnes).

However, an increased volume of frozen beef assisted the monthly total to Taiwan reaching 3,588 tonnes, steady year-on-year, and Indonesia lifting seven per cent year-on-year, to 3,384 tonnes.

Exports to Hong Kong were up year-on-year for the first time since June 2012, totalling 579 tonnes (up 57 per cent year-on-year).

Similarly, demand from Thailand and Vietnam was also strong during July, with shipments at 244 tonnes (up 106 per cent year-on-year) and 157 tonnes (up six per cent), respectively.

In contrast, after a steady run of increased monthly Australian beef exports to the Philippines, the July volume was the first year-on-year decline since April 2012, at 2,320 tonnes (down five per cent year-on-year).

Similarly, due to increasing competition from South America, Australia’s beef trade with Singapore has been sluggish, with July exports falling 30 per cent year-on-year, to 1,021 tonnes.

Contributing to the high sheep meat exports during July was a 217 per cent year-on-year lift in mutton exports, to 2,285 tonnes, underpinned by continued strong demand from Malaysia and Singapore, with shipments at 684 tonnes (up 259 per cent year-on-year) and 540 tonnes (up 55 per cent), respectively.

Mutton exports to Hong Kong jumped from the 20 tonnes in July last year to 547 tonnes in July 2013.

Like mutton, lamb shipments improved in July, to 1,592 tonnes (up 51 per cent year-on-year), supported by rising demand from Hong Kong (at 615 tonnes, up 188 per cent year-on-year) and Malaysia (at 507 tonnes, up 27 per cent).

In terms of cuts, sheep meat carcase accounted for 38 per cent of total sheep meat exports, at 1,472 tonnes (up 272 per cent year-on-year), the majority of which (1,285 tonnes) was mutton carcase exported to Hong Kong (425 tonnes), Malaysia (289 tonnes) and Singapore (278 tonnes).

Following sheep meat carcase was manufacturing sheep meat, at 707 tonnes (336 tonnes of lamb and 371 tonnes of mutton) and breast and flap, at 559 tonnes (414 tonnes of lamb and 145 tonnes mutton).

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