Chilean Imports Recover In 2009

CHILE - Imports of beef and veal into Chile rose, as shipments from Argentina and Paraguay rose. However, the average import price fell.
calendar icon 27 January 2010
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Meat & Livestock Australia

Chilean beef and veal imports increased 28 per cent year-on-year in 2009 to 117,874 tonnes swt, fuelled by a 50 per cent increase in shipments from Argentina (to 41,788 tonnes swt), as Argentinean production rose during the year. Imports from Paraguay lifted 44 per cent to 64,435 tonnes. However according to Meat and Livestock Australia specialists, average CIF import prices declined 21 per cent to US$3,785/tonne.

Brazilian product still has limited presence in Chile, with only 5,070 tonnes swt shipped during the year, but is slowly increasing as more plants are relisted since 2005’s foot and mouth disease outbreak bans. Similarly, imports from Uruguayan remained low, falling 34 per cent to 4,557 tonnes swt, as product was redirected to the EU, as Brazil has still limited limited access to that market.

Chilean imports of Australian beef also dipped 82 per cent to only 1,774 tonnes swt, as it faced competition from more competitive Argentinean and Paraguayan product.

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