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Beef Exports to EU Surged in 2013-14

04 July 2014
Meat & Livestock Australia

EU - Australian beef exports to the EU in 2013-14 totalled 22,879 tonnes, up 30 per cent on the previous fiscal year and reached the highest level since 1997-98.

Meat and Livestock Australia said that strong growth in grain-fed shipments have been the catalyst for the surge, increasing 68 per cent year-on-year, to 14,663 tonnes – a new record for grain-fed exports to the EU.

In contrast, grass-fed beef exports declined slightly (seven per cent) year-on-year, to 8,217 tonnes.

Nonetheless exports under the Hilton Quota increased 9.6 per cent for the same period, demonstrating the importance of the EU as a high value market for Australian high quality grass-fed beef.

The UK has historically been the largest beef market in the EU for Australia and remained the case in 2013-14, accounting for 48 per cent of total exports.

However, the ongoing growth in grain-fed beef shipments made possible a diversification in Australia’s beef markets in the EU with exports to Italy up 67.5 per cent in 2013-14, to 5,317 tonnes with grain-fed shipments representing 75 per cent of the total. Shipments to the Netherlands rose 33 per cent, to 4,414 tonnes, comprising mainly of grain-fed beef (95 per cent).

Boosted by the rise on grain-fed exports, the Australian beef cut mix heading to the EU expanded in 2013-14. Besides the growing shipments of loin cuts, deliveries of blade rose 79.5 per cent year-on-year, to 1,801 tonnes, and chuck roll up 55 per cent, to 1,657 tonnes.

Australia’s utilisation of its EU ‘Hilton’ beef quota improved in 2013-14, with utilisation at 99 per cent, up from 90 per cent in 2012-13. Australia has an annual allocation of 7,150 tonnes, with 7,061 tonnes shipped in 2013-14.

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