August 8, 2003



China's Mutton Import And Export Statistics For January-May 2003

China's mutton import and export statistics for the first five months of 2003 are as follows:


Mutton exports increased 3.51 times, worth US$4,636,500. Imports rose by 51.53% valued at US$14,801,900. Trade deficit from mutton alone was US$10,165,400, which was US$1,424,800 higher year-on-year.


New Zealand and Australia were the main exporters of mutton to China. 10,900 tons was imported from New Zealand and 2,300 tons from Australia, accounting for 82.56% and 14.0% respectively.


Compared to the same period last year, China's imported 13.97% more mutton from New Zealand and 35.74% less from Australia.


Major export destinations were Jordan, Hong Kong, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates.


Together, these markets accounted for 2,900 tons or 97.43% of total mutton exports from China.


Strong growth was registered in all countries except Hong Kong which registered a 7.42% fall.


The top mutton exporting provinces were Beijing, Shandong, Guangdong, Inner Mongolia, Gansu, Hebei, Shanxi and Shanghai. These eight provinces accounted for 95.9% of mutton exports from China, valued at US$4,446,400.


On the other hand, four Chinese provinces, namely Liaoning, Heilongjiang, Shanghai and Beijing, accounted for 99.23% of mutton imports valued at US$14,687,600.

Compared to the same period of last year, China's earnings for its export of live goats/sheep fell by 12.7% to US$52,800 during the first five months of this year. The fall was due mainly to the decline of 4.93% and 34.7% in export to Hong Kong and Macau respectively.  During this period, China exported 1,331 heads (30.03%) of live goats/sheep to Hong Kong and 382 heads to Macau.   


On the other hand, China's import of live goats/sheep increased 3.8 fold to a total worth of US$4,098,400 for the same period.


Only two of China's provinces, Hubei And Guangdong, were involved in its export of live goats/sheep, which were conducted through general trading method.  On the other hand, four provinces/regions were involved in importing 87.53% (a total worth of US$3,587,500) of China's import of live goats/sheep.