Kazakhstan Boosts Australian Beef Exports to CIS19 August 2013
KAZAKHSTAN - After a slow start to 2013, beef exports to the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) increased in July, totalling 3,071 tonnes, up 27 per cent year-on-year, according to Meat and Livestock Australia.
Historically, the vast majority of Australian shipments to the region go to Russia, and this remains the case.
However, MLA said that growth in exports to Kazakhstan contributed to the higher July figure. Exports to Kazakhstan totalled 522 tonnes in July, while shipments to Russia stood at 2,471 tonnes - up 21 per cent year-on-year.
Kazakhstan has been an emerging market for Australian beef in the CIS region in recent years, with exports in 2012 totalling 2,586 tonnes, up from 958 tonnes in 2011.
In both 2012 and 2013, shipments have remained almost non-existent in the first half of the year, before ramping up in the second half of the year.
In 2013, shipments in June were 224 tonnes, while July exports totalled 522 tonnes, taking 2013 shipments to 750 tonnes.
This pattern is similar to 2012, where exports started in May (273 tonnes), before increasing significantly in July (372 tonnes).
Silverside/outside has been the dominant cut shipped in 2013, with 441 tonnes shipped, followed by topside/inside (200 tonnes) and thick flank/knuckle (100 tonnes).
In 2012, chuck and blade (423 tonnes) and manufacturing beef (150 tonnes) were also shipped in large quantities, although these cuts are yet to be shipped in 2013.
Australia has registered its first chilled shipments to Kazakhstan in 2013 (Jan-July), with 9 tonnes of chilled beef destined for the market. This has been cube roll (5 tonnes), striploin (2 tonnes) and tenderloin and short ribs (1 tonne respectively).
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