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Australia set a record for lamb and beef exports in 2023

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Published Jan 29, 2024

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In 2023, Australia saw a significant increase in its meat exports, reaching record levels. The main market was China, with lamb and mutton exports increasing by 30% and 70% respectively. There was also substantial growth in exports to the Middle East and North Africa. Beef exports rose by 27%, with the US accounting for half of this increase. Despite a decrease in volume, Japan remained the second largest market. There were also increases in exports to China and South Korea, and Indonesia emerged as the fifth largest market.
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The volume of lamb and mutton exports from Australia in 2023 reached historical levels, amounting to 326 thousand tons and 209.6 thousand tons, respectively. This is reported by Meat & Livestock Australia. China emerged as the main market, receiving 30% more lamb (67.8 thousand tons) and 70% more lamb (97.5 thousand tons) during the year. This led to an increase in China's share of total lamb exports to 31%. Additional substantial growth was seen in exports to the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, the second largest lamb market this year. After a relatively small export volume in 2022, lamb exports to this region increased by 63% to 95.9 thousand tons, covering all major importing countries. Meanwhile, Australian beef exports in 2023 rose 27% to 1.08 million tonnes, the highest level since 2019. About half of the volume increase came from the US, where shipments were up 84% year-over-year. Japan remains the second largest market, although it has experienced a reduction ...
Source: Landlord
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