August 5, 2005


Australian beef exports to Japan down four percent in July


According to industry reports, Australia exported 35,446 tonnes of beef to Japan in July this year, down 4 percent from 36,936 tonnes the previous month.


Industry feedback indicated that the slide was partly due to fear of Japan's "snapback" tariff, which would be imposed when the country's beef imports exceeded a certain quota level.

Also, it was mainly due to widespread rains that hit eastern Australian states in June, which affected the supply of grass-fed beef.


Even though the Japanese government decided not to impose the higher tariff in the second quarter this year, demand for Australian beef from Japan has not increased immediately, the industry said.

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