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Red Meat Exports to South Asia Down in February

22 March 2013
Meat & Livestock Australia

AUSTRALIA - Australian red meat exports to South Asia during February (excluding China) declined 11 per cent year-on-year, to 13,196 tonnes, with most of the decline attributed to lower beef volumes according to data from the Australia Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry.

Meat and Livestcok Australia said that Australia exported 9,639 tonnes swt of beef and veal to South Asia during February, down 15 per cent year-on-year.

Contributing to the decline during the month was lower exports to Hong Kong – down 30 per cent year-on-year, at 422 tonnes.

Shipments to both Singapore and Malaysia also contracted during the past month, with the monthly volume dropping to 580 tonnes (down 46 per cent year-on-year) and 1,019 tonnes (down 45 per cent), respectively.

Import permits continue to restrict Australia’s beef trade to Indonesia, resulting in a 23 per cent year-on-year decrease in February shipments, to 2,076 tonnes. Exports to Vietnam declined significantly, to 129 tonnes (down 55 per cent).

In contrast, exports to Taiwan remained strong during February, with the volume lifting 11 per cent year-on-year, to 2,818 tonnes.

Exports to Thailand also increased 19 per cent in February, to 587 tonnes. Shipments to the Philippines improved eight per cent year-on-year, to 2,009 tonnes.

Australian sheepmeat exports to South Asia during February lifted two per cent year-on-year, to 3,557 tonnes.

Underpinning the growth was strong mutton exports (up 17 per cent year-on-year, to 2,315 tonnes), which offset the decline in lamb exports to the region (down 18 per cent, to 1,242 tonnes).

Mutton carcase exports to Malaysia have been increasing steadily since September 2012, with the February monthly volume reaching 626 tonnes (up 125 per cent year-on-year). Mutton leg exports to Singapore also demonstrated an improvement in February (up 78 per cent year-on-year), at 251 tonnes.

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