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Australian Exports to EU Ease in First Quarter

14 April 2015
Meat & Livestock Australia

AUSTRALIA – Australian beef exports to the EU fell by 10 per cent year-on-year during the March quarter, to 4,966 tonnes.

However, Meat and Livestock Australia said that they were still 68 per cent above the five-year average for the period.

Grain-fed shipments, despite the overall decline, were up by four per cent, to 3,652 tonnes, reflecting the strong demand for Australian product.

MLA said that sheep meat exports were 4,832 tonnes for the same period, down by 14 per cent – lamb exports reaching 3,031 tonnes and mutton 1,801 tonnes.

EU beef imports under the HQB grain-fed quota achieved, for the third consecutive quarter, critical status (90 per cent utilisation) with imports totalling 35,150 tonnes for the period (IMTA), the highest on record. Australian beef shipments to the EU under the HQB “Hilton Quota” as of 7 April had reached 5,695 tonnes, or 80 per cent of the total quota (7,150 tonnes).

According to the Department of Agriculture, Australian sheep meat exports under its quota as at 7 April totalled 8,100 tonnes or 42 per cent of the total quota (19,186 tonnes).

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