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Australia Increases Red Meat Market Share in China

30 October 2013
Meat & Livestock Australia

AUSTRALIA - Chinese beef and sheep mea) imports during September registered the second highest volume on record, at 52,620 tonnes, with Australia’s share of China’s imported red meat increasing from 37 per cent in September 2012, to 46 per cent in September 2013, at 24,106 tonnes according to figures from Global Trade Atlas, China Customs.

China’s beef imports during September were the highest volume on record, at 29,113 tonnes – up from 5,275 tonnes in September last year.

China’s imported beef volumes have exceeded 20,000 tonnes swt for seven consecutive months now, underpinning total imports during the year-to-September being significantly higher (794 per cent ) year-on-year, at 209,385 tonnes.

Analysts at Meat and Livestock Australia said that volumes from Australia during September were up 12 per cent from the previous month, at 15,879 tonnes , accounting for 55 per cent of the beef market share.

While Uruguay remained the second largest beef supplier to China during September, at 6,795 tonnes, the monthly volume was down 11 per cent on the previous month. This caused Uruguay’s market share to decrease from 26 per cent in September last year, to 23 per cent in September 2013.

In contrast, China’s intake of Canadian beef rose 80 per cent on August, and 437 per cent above September last year, at 2,976 tonnes, placing Canada as the third largest supplier to China during September – albeit, only slightly higher than New Zealand (at 2,694 tonnes ), MLA said.

However, NZ continued to dominate China’s imported sheepmeat market. Out of the 23,506 tonnes imported during September, more than half the volume (61 per cent , or 14,398 tonnes) was supplied by NZ. Imports of Australian sheepmeat were up 126 per cent year-on-year, at 8,227 tonnes.

Chinese retail prices during September indicated further price rises in the market, with both boneless beef (RMB60.87, A$10.70) and bone-in sheepmeat (RMB63.06, A$11.10) hitting all-time highs according to the Ministry of Agriculture of the People’s Republic of China.

Chicken carcase and boneless pork prices were also each up two per cent on the past month, at RMB17.79 (A$3.10) and RMB25.58 (A$4.50), respectively; however, both prices were still three per cent lower than at the beginning of the year.

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