Trade de­fies dis­rup­tions

Shepparton News - Country News - - LIVESTOCK -

Global meat ex­ports have had the strong­est first half of the year on record de­spite dis­rup­tions caused by the coro­n­avirus pan­demic.

Ac­cord­ing to Meat & Live­stock Aus­tralia data, global meat ex­ports reached 33 mil­lion tonnes shipped weight for the 12 months end­ing in June.

Ex­ports were up 5.3 per cent year-onyear and more than dou­ble the pre­vi­ous five-year aver­age growth rate.

How­ever, Aus­tralian meat ex­ports have had to con­tend with tight­en­ing sup­plies be­cause of an im­prove­ment in sea­sonal con­di­tions.

This caused beef ship­ments to China to de­cline by 22 per cent year-on-year dur­ing the Jan­uary and Septem­ber pe­riod.

Year-to-Septem­ber Aus­tralian beef ex­ports to Ja­pan, the United States and Korea have been less af­fected, back nine per cent, eight per cent and six per cent re­spec­tively.

Beef ex­ports to In­done­sia and the Philip­pines de­clined 11 per cent and 19 per cent, while beef ship­ments to Malaysia and

Viet­nam eased by eight per cent and five per cent, re­spec­tively.

Aus­tralian red meat air­freight ex­ports have been sup­ported by the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment’s In­ter­na­tional Freight As­sis­tance Mech­a­nism, which has been ex­tended through to the end of the year.

In Vic­to­ria, plant pro­cess­ing ca­pac­ity and ex­ports were tem­pered by a sec­ond wave of COVID-19 and re­gional lock­downs across the state over the past cou­ple of months.

These mea­sures are now be­ing loos­ened as COVID-19 cases sub­side, ahead of peak lamb sea­son.

While tight Aus­tralian sup­ply is ex­pected to be an on­go­ing theme through­out the rest of the year and into 2021, Aus­tralia will re­main a ma­jor red meat ex­porter.

Aus­tralia is ex­pected to be the sec­ond largest beef ex­porter this year, be­hind Brazil.

It will also be the big­gest ship­per of sheep meat this year, as New Zealand faces its own sup­ply lim­i­ta­tions.

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