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US Market Cools

28 May 2010
Meat & Livestock Australia

US - The US market for imported beef remained quiet this week, with the recent volatility in the currency markets continuing to have traders cautious for forward orders. Adding to this cautious beef price outlook has been the sideways nature of US end user demand.

Both US imported and domestic beef prices cooled this week – with imported 90CL prices now back seven per cent in the past five weeks, settling at 161US¢/lb CIF. However, displaying the impact of the lower A$ over the same period, indicative returns to Australian exports are up four per cent, settling this week at 394A¢/kg FAS.

The higher returns for the US during May, averaging 14% above the same period last year, has started to see more Australian beef heading to the US. Shipments for May are anticipated to be around 25,000 tonnes swt – the highest monthly volume for the past year – but still below the 28,000 tonnes swt average for the past five years.

Higher US domestic beef supplies through to May have partially offset lower imports from Australia, NZ and Uruguay, which combined, are down 34 per cent year-on-year.

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