JAPAN - Australian beef and veal exports to Japan totalled 26,245 tonnes during May – back 14 per cent on the previous year and 16 per cent against the five-year average, according to figures from the Department of Agriculture.
Analysts at Meat and Livestock Australia said that this we due to a combination of increased demand from other countries and fierce competition from the US impact volumes.
During May, Japan received 19 per cent less manufacturing beef year-on-year and compared with the five-year average, taking 8,633 tonnes, while shipments of brisket remained relatively steady over the corresponding periods, at 5,718 tonnes swt.
Total volumes of chuck roll (1,361 tonnes) were 18 per cent lower than a year ago, due to heightened demand from other markets, while there was subdued interest in topside/inside cuts (1,231 tonnes) - back 37 per cent over the same period.
There was a greater decline in the proportion of frozen product compared to last year, down 15 per cent, to 15,931 tonnes, while chilled beef was back 11 per cent over the same period, at 10,313 tonnes.
Grass-fed (15,018 tonnes) shipments to Japan declined 22 per cent year-on-year, while the grain-fed (11,226 tonnes) proportion was 2 per cent greater.
Interestingly, frozen grain-fed volumes showed some recovery in comparison to May 2013, up 14 per cent, to 4,239 tonnes MLA said.
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