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Australian Beef Exports to Japan Down

04 October 2013
Meat & Livestock Australia

JAPAN - Australia’s beef shipments to Japan during September fell by four per cent year-on-year to 21,766 tonnes, with a significant decline in chilled beef consignments (down 19 per cent to 8,179 tonnes) being partially offset by an increase in frozen beef exports (up eight per cent to 13,587 tonnes).

According to Meat and Livestock Australia, an influx of US product, combined with strong demand for Australian beef from other markets, continued to impact the trade with Japan.

However, MLA said that Japan still accounted for 23 per cent of total exports during September.

Exports of Australian brisket (the cut once dominated by Japan), reduced by 40 per cent to 3,002 tonnes, while China secured a similar quantity (2,756 tonnes).

On the other hand, Japanese buyers were active in procuring manufacturing beef, with all key CLs (65, 75 and 85) recording double digit increases compared with the same month in 2012.

Australian beef exports to Japan during the first nine months of 2013 amounted to 219,399 tonnes, down six per cent from the corresponding period last year, but still six per cent higher than 2003.

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