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Indian Beef Exports Soar in African, Middle Eastern Markets

05 November 2012
Meat & Livestock Australia

INDIA- After the release of a global beef exports forecast by the USDA predicting India to overtake Brazil, Australia and the US it is interesting to look at where Indian beef has been exported in recent years. For 2011-12, Indian beef exports surged 40 per cent year-on-year, reaching 1.068 million tonnes cwt according to the Global Trade Atlas (GTA), reports Meat and Livestock Australia.

According to GTA statistics, Vietnam was India’s largest export destination in 2011-12, totalling 302,516 tonnes cwt – up 137 per cent year-on-year. Exports also surged 16 per cent to Malaysia (103,906 tonnes cwt), supported by lower prices and growing demand for red meat.

Rounding off the top five Indian beef export destinations for the year ending June 2012 were Jordan (up 47 per cent, to 74,686 tonnes cwt), Saudi Arabia (up 30 per cent, to 72,597 tonnes cwt) and Egypt (down 9 per cent, to 72,155 tonnes cwt). Along with cheaper product, India has the competitive advantage in the Middle East of all beef being produced to Halal standards.

Finalizing the top ten markets for Indian beef in 2011-12 was Algeria (53,733 tonnes cwt), the Philippines (47,452 tonnes cwt), the United Arab Emirates (45,291 tonnes cwt), Iran (33,982 tonnes cwt) and Thailand (29,935 tonnes cwt).

Other markets for Indian beef include numerous African countries, including Angola (25,730 tonnes cwt), the Congo (15,117 tonnes cwt) and Gabon (7,225 tonnes cwt).

Due to access issues and India's inability to provide assurance of a Foot and Mouth Disease free status, Australia’s largest export markets, Japan, Korea, the US and Taiwan all received no product from India last financial year.

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