Dairy, Beef & Lamb Exports Rise in October

NEW ZEALAND - Exports of dairy products, beef, and lamb, particularly to China, increased in value in October 2019, Stats NZ said today.
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However, the rises were partly offset by falls in logs and kiwifruit.

In October 2019, the value of total goods exports rose $206 million (4.3 percent) from October 2018 to reach $5.0 billion.

The rise in exports was led by milk powder, up $194 million (32 percent) from October 2018. The rise was quantity-led, but unit values were also up.

"In each month at the start of the 2019/20 export season, the total value of milk powder exports was up on the same month of the previous year," international statistics manager Darren Allan said.

"These rises reflect higher export quantities and higher prices."

Exports of lamb (up $67 million or 27 percent), and beef (up $59 million or 39 percent) were the other main contributors to the rise in exports. The quantity of lamb exports rose 20 percent in October 2019 compared with October 2018, and that of beef exports rose 27 percent over the same period. Unit prices of both beef and lamb were also up on the same month in 2018.

The monthly movements in dairy products, beef, lamb, and logs were led by exports of the respective commodities to China, New Zealand’s largest export partner.

Exports to China rose $279 million in October 2019. Exports to other main markets were little changed, except for the European Union, down $97 million on a year earlier.

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