US beef exports to Middle East rise in April - USMEF

April exports increased 26% to 4,882 mt
calendar icon 20 June 2024
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Sharply higher beef muscle cut exports to the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait and Qatar, along with larger variety meat shipments to Egypt, fuelled a strong April for US beef in the Middle East, according to data released by USDA and compiled by USMEF.

April exports increased 26% to 4,882 mt, valued at $25 million (up 32%). 

Despite ongoing logistical and economic challenges in the region, January-April exports climbed 37% from a year ago to 19,444 mt, valued at $86.4 million (up 38%), driven by strong foodservice demand and an increase in tourism in areas away from the Red Sea, as well as emerging retail demand.

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