AUSTRALIA - Australian mutton exports in April reached 12,253 tonnes– down 18 per cent on the corresponding month last year, with almost all major markets registering a decline according to data from the Australian Department of Agriculture.
Meat and Livestock Australia said that despite the lower shipments, mutton exports still remained 27 per cent above the five-year average for the month of 9,661 tonnes.
The majority of Australian mutton exports continued to be frozen, with 12,067 tonnes shipped in April, while chilled volumes remained low, at 186 tonnes.
Mutton shipments to the Middle East were back 14 per cent on April last year, at 4,384 tonnes. Volumes to China continued to slow, with 2,622 tonnes of mutton exported for the month, back 22 per cent year-on-year. Shipments to South East Asia declined 16 per cent, to 1,933 tonnes.
The US took 773 tonnes of Australian mutton in April, back 24 per cent on the corresponding period last year.
Shipments to Taiwan were 18 per cent lower, at 405 tonnes, while exports to the EU were the exception and continued to increase, more than doubling on the same time last year, to total 278 tonnes in April.
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