AUSTRALIA - Australian red meat, beef, lamb, mutton, goat, and offal, exports to the South East Asian markets of Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, Viet Nam, Laos, Brunei, Cambodia and Myanmar fell by seven per cent in the first quarter of the year.
Figures from Meat and Livestock Australia show that they went down to 28,441 tonnes, although MLA said that they were considerably higher than the five-year average of 21,344 tonnes.
Beef exports were down 23 per cent from last year, to 12,546 tonnes, largely due to slowed demand from the Philippines, where they were 38 per cent lower, at 4,636 tonnes and Malaysia, where they were down by 21 per cent, to 3,140 tonnes.
The fall was partially offset by a strong increase in shipments to Viet Nam, to 945 tonnes a rise of 65 per cent.
MLA said that sheep meat exports, both mutton and lamb, improved for most countries during the quarter, except Viet Nam, with volumes to Malaysia up 19 per cent, to 6,815 tonnes and Singapore up by nine per cent, to 2,541 tonnes leading the growth.
MLA said that, offal exports somewhat offset declines in the meat category, recording a 21 per cent increase on last year.
Singapore saw 366 per cent growth, to 2,082 tonnes and Thailand a 24 per cent rise, to 1,965 tonnes and were the main contributors to the trend.
While the March quarter performance was softer than last year, MLA said that Business Monitor International forecasts steady economic and consumption growth in the region, with total household spending in 2015 expected to increase by 8.7 per cent in Viet Nam, 8.3 per cent in Philippines, 7.2 per cent in Malaysia, and 5.6 per cent in Thailand.
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