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Record Australian Red Meat Exports to South Asia

23 January 2014
Meat & Livestock Australia

AUSTRALIA - Australian red meat exports of beef and veal, sheep meat and goat meat to South Asia, excluding China and Indonesia, during 2013 reached the highest annual volume on record, at 161,655 tonne according to figures from the Australian Department of Agriculture.

Record sheep meat shipments at 55,051 tonnes and steady goat meat exports, at 5,798 tonnes, offset a four per cent year-on-year fall in beef exports, at 100,806 tonnes, Meat and Livestock Australia reports.

The decline in Australia’s annual beef shipments to South Asia was attributed to lower shipments to Taiwan, Singapore and Hong Kong.

Tougher competition with the US in the Taiwan market challenged Australian exports, particularly with chilled beef, during 2013, resulting in a seven per cent year-on-year decrease, at 35,703 tonnes.

Australian chilled beef exports to Taiwan during 2013 were almost half the 2012 total, at 3,789 tonnes, down 41 per cent.

Impacted by increased volumes from Brazil, frozen beef exports to Singapore were down substantially by 32 per cent, to 7,527 tonnes, while chilled beef exports remained firm, at 3,038 tonnes.

Exports to Hong Kong totalled 5,070 tonnes– down 20 per cent year-on-year.

In contrast, exports to the Philippines registered record volumes, at 26,992 tonnes. The majority (83 per cent) shipped to the Philippines was manufacturing beef, at 22,381 tonnes, while shin/shank volume increased significantly, at 2,218 tonnes - up 86 per cent year-on-year.

Shipments to Malaysia were up three per cent, to 15,935 tonnes, with 1,867 tonnes of chilled beef (record volume) and frozen beef steady, at 14,068 tonnes.

Exports to Thailand and Viet Nam also rose to 4,263 tonnes, up 53 per cent, and 2,278 tonnes, up three per cent, respectively.

The record Australian annual sheep meat exports to South Asia during 2013 comprised of 19,933 tonnes of lamb and 35,118 tonnes of mutton.

In terms of Australian lamb exports, volumes to Hong Kong and Malaysia jumped to 7,539 tonnes - up 116 per cent year-on-year - and 6,255 tonnes, up 25 per cent.

Lamb trade to Taiwan was also favourable – up 14 per cent, to 1,834 tonnes, with exports to Viet Nam growing 92 per cent, to 1,760 tonne.

Australian mutton exports during 2013 were particularly strong to Malaysia (up 100 per cent, to 11,135 tonnes) and Singapore (up 28 per cent year-on-year, at 7,401 tonnes), along with Hong Kong (up 632 per cent, to 6,641 tonnes) and Taiwan (up 36 per cent, to 6,649 tonnes).

MLA said that sheep meat carcase was in the highest demand (39 per cent of total sheep meat exports), the majority of which was mutton (at 19,436 tonnes), mainly exported to Malaysia and Hong Kong. Following carcase was manufacturing sheep meat (at 8,889 tonnes), of which mutton was 6,197 tonnes.


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