GLOBAL - The use of the Hilton Quota, a country specific beef quota, with access allocated to Argentina, Australia, Uruguay, New Zealand, Brazil, US/Canada and Paraguay, rose by three per cent in 2013-14, to 42,892 tonnes, out of a total 67,250 tonnes.
According to Meat and Livestock Australia, Australia has been a consistently high user of its allocation and improved the use of its EU ‘Hilton’ beef quota in 2013-14, fulfilling 99 per cent (7,061 tonnes) up from 90 per cent in 2012-13.
New Zealand and Uruguay continued to use all of their annual allocation; both countries have recorded high usage since 2009-10.
However, MLA has hit out at th4 rules that do not allow any unused quota to be redistributed.
“Disappointingly for countries that regularly fill their allocation, including Australia, New Zealand and Uruguay, unused quota cannot be redistributed to other supplying nations,” MLA said.
MLA said that Argentina has the largest quota allocation, at 30,000 tonnes, but has consistently fallen short, shipping 79 per cent of its total allocation in 2013-14.
Although Brazil raised its quota usage to 41 per cent in 2013-14 (4,079 tonnes) from 30 per cent in 2012-13, it remained low for a fifth consecutive year.
The US and Canada share a quota of 11,500 tonnes and North merica’s quota usage remained unchanged year-on-year, at 3.8 per cent (432 tonnes).TheCattleSite News Desk