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Australian Lamb Exports Strong

10 April 2015
Meat & Livestock Australia

AUSTRALIA - Australian lamb shipments during March reached 23,413 tonnes, up 22 per cent year-on-year.

According to Meat and Livestock Australia the rise sees exports up by 52 per cent on the five-year average for the month of 15,378 tonnes.

Most of the increase has been put down to a 36 per cent rise in the volume of frozen lamb exported, at 14,169 tonnes, while chilled shipments also increased, although to a lesser degree – up by six per cent year-on-year, at 9,245 tonnes.

The Middle East maintained its position as Australia’s largest export market for lamb, taking 6,534 tonnes during March – 37 per cent higher than the previous year.

The US was the second largest market, at 4,377 tonnes, a seven per cent increase on year-ago levels, while volumes to China rose by nine per cent year-on-year, reaching 3,387 tonnes.
The main market mover in March, however, was Papua New Guinea.

Underpinned by a natural resource boom and rising GDP, the emerging market registered a 155 per cent increase in Australian lamb shipments year-on-year, at 1,899 tonnes.

Exports to South East Asia also improved, up 10 per cent on last year, to 1,355 tonnes.

By contrast, shipments to the EU were lower, at 958 tonnes – an 11 per cent fall year-on-year.


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