December 13, 2010
Australia's frozen beef shipments to Japan show increase
Australia exported 36,050 tonnes swt of beef to Japan during November, 30% higher as compared to the same month last year.
The increase was largely due to a surge in frozen beef shipments - the second highest monthly volume on record at 21,475 tonnes (57% higher than a year ago).
With wet weather expected to hamper cattle supplies and beef production during December and January, Japanese buyers seemed to have focused on securing high demand trimming items, such as 65CL (up 132% on-year to 3,380 tonnes), 75CL (up 81% to 1,946 tonnes), and 85CL (up 34% to 3,696 tonnes). Even shipments of 90CL, usually less popular among Japanese buyers compared to 75CL or 85CL, grew by 218% on the same period last year, to 1,541 tonnes.
Meanwhile, chilled beef exports were firm at 14,575 tonnes, up 4% on last year. Chilled grass shipments increased by 50% compared with the particularly low volume in November 2009, to 4,977 tonnes. Chilled grainfed was the only category that declined year-on-year, totalling 9,598 tonnes (down 10% from 2009, but up 25% from the previous month).
Australian beef exports to Japan during January-November 2010 totalled 327,040 tonnes, only 698 tonnes below the same period in 2009.