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Lower Turkish Beef Import Tariffs Continue

11 January 2011

IRELAND - The Turkish market has opened up for Irish beef from animals aged 30 months or under, according to Peter Duggan, Strategic Information Services, Bord Bia.

Turkish Beef Imports
Oct-Nov 2010, Tonnes pw

This is on the back of the Turkish Ministry of Agriculture extending the period of lower import tariffs, which will remain in place until the end of 2011, as domestic beef production is not meeting domestic demand.

In a report compiled by the USDA, Mr Duggan says they suggest that Turkish cattle supplies fell by 19 per cent over the 2000 to 2009 period to 1.7 million head while beef output dropped by around five per cent to 342,000 tonnes.

With the Turkish population growing by 14 per cent since 2000, demand for beef has risen while output remains constrained. As a result, the Turkish authorities have decided to keep the import tariff duty for carcases of beef and lamb (half and quarter) reduced at 30 per cent compared to the traditional level of 225 per cent.

This news should allow further strengthening of trade between Turkey and the EU in the meat sector.

Since Turkey reduced import tariffs last October, they imported around 22,000 tonnes in the space of two months according to GTIS data with the vast majority of this supplied by the Europe.

Shipments of beef from Poland and Germany accounted for 76 per cent of total imports over the period.

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