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Australia Largest Beef and Sheep Meat Supplier to China

30 August 2013
Meat & Livestock Australia

CHINA - Chinese beef imports during July broke another record, at 26,183 tonnes, with the volume during the first seven months reaching 152,196 tonnes according to the Global Trade Atlas from China Customs.

Meat and Livestock Australia said that contributing to the highest monthly imports on record was the increased intake of Australian beef, at 13,452 tonnes.

China’s interest for chilled beef was particularly high during July, with the volume exceeding over 2,000 tonnes for the first time ever, at 2,375 tonnes.

Australia’s imported beef market share in China increased to 51 per cent in July, up from 29 per cent in July 2012.

Along with Australia, imports from Uruguay registered the greatest volume on record in July, at 7,078 tonnes, while NZ remained the third largest supplier to China, at 3,679 tonnes, despite a 39 per cent fall on the previous month.

MLA added that out of total sheep meat supplies to China during July, at 13,371 tonnes, Australia supplied the largest volumes, at 8,525 tonnes, with its market share reaching 64 per cent of total monthly imports.

In contrast, China imported 4,509 tonnes, or 34 per cent of total imports, from NZ during July – down 30 per cent year-on-year.

Supported by strong demand for Australian red meat, beef and sheep meat, during July, China’s imports of Australian product totalled 21,977 tonnes -the second highest volume on record - which accounted for 56 per cent of July’s total imports, up from 39 per cent in July 2012.

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