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Middle East boosts Aussie meat exports

The importance of the Middle East and North Africa for Australian red meat exports is growing: MLA

July 12, 2013

The importance of the Middle East and North Africa region (MENA), as destinations for Australian red meat is growing, according to Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA).

The MLA reports the 2012-2013 financial year has resulted in a boon for meat exports.

A MLA statement says during the year, Australian red meat exports to MENA totalled 160,963 tonnes, an increase of 32 percent on the previous record set in 2011-2012.

The MLA reports lamb exports also hit record levels, totalling 60,700 tonnes, up 35 percent year-on-year, while beef shipments surpassed the record set in the previous financial year, totalling 49,147 tonnes, up 46 percent.

Mutton exports rebounded to their highest level since 2008-09, to 51,116 tonnes, growth of 18 percent year-on-year.

The MLA statement says the growth in beef exports largely came on the back of a surge in shipments to Saudi Arabia, as Australian beef gained market share after Brazil was banned from the market in late 2012.

Exports to Saudi Arabia totalled 18,944 tonnes in 2012-2013, up more than four times year-on-year.

This propelled Saudi Arabia to be Australia’s largest beef market in the MENA region.

But the Brazilian ban in Saudi Arabia has also increased competition in other beef markets in the region, with increased quantities of Brazilian beef entering Jordan and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

This has affected Australian frozen beef exports, with frozen shipments to the UAE and Jordan down 21 percent and 19 percent respectively.

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