July 26, 2006


South Korea's chicken imports up by 50 percent while beef up by 7.2 percent



South Korea's imports of beef and chicken rose in the first half of the year while its pork imports fell, the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry said Tuesday (Jul 25).


77,735 tonnes of beef cleared the quarantine, up 7.2 percent from a year ago.


Australia is the top beef exporter to South Korea, making up 70 percent of the country's imports, followed by

New Zealand and Mexico, according to a local news agency.


Chicken imports during the first six months increased nearly 50 percent on-year to 31,245 tonnes. Almost 80 percent of the imports (24,845 tonnes) comes from the US. The rest came from Brazil, Denmark and Australia.


Pork imports fell by 2.3 percent to 103,533 tonnes. The US is again the top provider to the country, supplying a third of its pork supplies, followed by Canada and Belgium.

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