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Argentinean Beef Exports Rising

12 March 2013
Meat & Livestock Australia

ARGENTINA - Argentinean beef exports started to rise at teh start of this year according to analysts at Meat and Livestock Australia.

Shipments for January rose by 14 per cent year-on-year, to 10,538 tonnes swt, with Chile and Israel the major destinations.

However, while exports were up year-on-year, they still remain well below historical levels, constrained by the lower Argentinean cattle herd and beef production.

Beef exports in January registered a strong increase in fresh, non-Hilton cuts, rising 22 per cent year-on-year, to 8,076 tonnes swt.

In contrast, the volume of Hilton cuts exported declined seven per cent, to 1,824 tonnes swt – which will make it very difficult for Argentina to fulfil their EU quota for 2012-13.

Shipments to Chile continued to rise, with exports for January up 23 per cent year-on-year, to 2,264 tonnes swt.

Shipments also surged by 52 per cent to Israel, reaching 2,251 tonnes swt and Russia, up 90 per cent, to 1,133 tonnes swt.

Russia also reportedly increased imports from Brazil and Paraguay during the first month of 2013.

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