Beef Exports To South Asia Down

AUSTRALIA and SOUTH ASIA - Australian beef exports to South East Asia and Greater China during August decreased six per cent compared with the same period last year, to 12,300 tonnes, reports Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA).
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Meat & Livestock Australia

MLA reports that the fall was largely due to smaller shipments to Indonesia (down 40 per cent), Malaysia (down nine per cent) and the Philippines (down four per cent).

August was particularly a quiet trading month in Indonesia, where Ramadan celebrations took place 10 days earlier than the previous year. Beef shipments to the market fell 40 per cent year-on-year.

Despite this, MLA states that chilled beef exports to the region during August surged 29 per cent on 12 months ago, attributed mainly to the 319 per cent leap in shipments to Taiwan. The Taiwan Department of Health maintained the ban on US beef containing a leanness promoting drug.

During the calendar year to August, Australia exported 87,141 tonnes swt of beef to South East Asia and Greater China, four per cent higher than the same period in 2010 - accounting for 14 per cent of total Australian beef exports.

Shipments to almost all markets increased, with the exception of Indonesia and Hong Kong. Chilled beef shipments to the region during January to August jumped 25 per cent, to 11,704 tonnes swt, supported by growth to most markets except for Indonesia and the Philippines.

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