Live Export

Live exports back 16pc in 2010-11

Beef Central, 30/08/2011

Total Australian live cattle exports declined 16 percent in the 2010-11 financial year, according to data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

Year-on-year live exports fell16pc to 806,855 head, with the Indonesian market performance having the major influence.

Following record exports to Indonesia in 2009-10, the introduction of the 350kg weight restriction in June 2010, and uncertainty regarding the issuing of import permits (consequences of the Indonesian government's beef self sufficiency policy), saw shipments slow, particularly in the July-October 2010 period.

The long wet summer also restricted transport across the Top End for an extended period, impacting cattle supply for export. The live export suspension to Indonesia in June 2011 also prevented what would have otherwise been a strong export month.

Total live cattle exports to Indonesia fell 36pc year-on-year, to 459,186 head.

Offsetting the slowing trade to Indonesia somewhat was the emergence of Turkey as a significant customer country, growing from 1230 head in 2009-10 to 104,355 head in the fiscal year just completed.

Other key markets included Israel (53,352 head), China (50,944 head), Egypt (23,090 head) and Malaysia (20,580 head).

The total value of live cattle exports in 2010-11 was $660.4 million – surprisingly only 6pc lower than the previous year despite the lower throughout and high currency value.


Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Your comment will not appear until it has been moderated.
Contributions that contravene our Comments Policy will not be published.


Get Beef Central's news headlines emailed to you -