Australian Beef Exports to Russia Down in 2011

AUSTRALIA and RUSSIA - Australian beef exports to Russia in 2011 declined five per cent year-on-year, to 54,088 tonnes swt, reports Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA).
calendar icon 25 January 2012
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Meat & Livestock Australia

MLA states that despite a relatively slow finish to the year, with December exports back 66 per cent year-on-year, total exports for the year were still historically high, placing Russia as Australia’s fourth largest beef export market in 2011.

Manufacturing beef remained the dominant beef cut to Russia in 2011, totalling 20,490 tonnes swt - up 36 per cent from 2010. Russian demand for Australian manufacturing beef was consolidated in 2011, as domestic beef consumption increased and imports from traditional suppliers, such as Brazil, remained very tight. Brazilian beef exports to Russia decreased 20 per cent during 2011, to 228,822 tonnes swt.

Frozen beef accounted for 98 per cent of shipments in 2011, with the majority of product used for manufacturing purposes. Chilled product, largely into the food service sector, decreased six per cent year-on-year, to 1,014 tonnes swt.

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