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Chilean Beef Exports Up 121% in 2015

28 January 2016

CHILE - Claudia Carbonell, director of the Office of Agricultural Studies and Policies (PASO) reported that beef exports in 2015 were worth $31 million, an increase of 121 per cent compared to 2014.

Ms Carbonell said: "The increase in exports is due, among other reasons, to the updated official animal traceability program, which established that the official certification in the export process is carried out according to the requirements of the destination country. Therefore, export markets are now differentiated based on their general and specific requirements. Thus meat exports to countries with different requirements in terms of traceability is provided, such as the United States, Canada and countries in Central America."

"Another reason for the increase in beef exports was the opening of the Chinese market for exports of beef from mid 2015," said the director.

In volume, 5,736 tons of beef were exported in 2015, an increase of 186 per cent compared to 2014.

The main countries of destination of exports of beef were Costa Rica (18 per cent), Canada (17 per cent), US (11 per cent), Germany (11 per cent), South Korea (9 per cent), China (8 per cent ), Spain (7 per cent), Cuba (7 per cent), Panama (5 per cent), France (1 per cent).

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