Chinese red meat imports during 2013 surged 194% on 2012, to 543,105 tonnes swt, which consisted of 294,223 tonnes swt of beef and 248,882 tonnes swt of sheepmeat (China Customs, Global Trade Atlas). The majority (94%) of red meat imported into the Chinese market was supplied by Australia, NZ and Uruguay, with Australia the largest red meat supplier to China with its 48% imported red meat market share.
China imported 294,223 tonnes swt of beef during 2013 (up 379% year-on-year), with imports from Australia reaching 154,777 tonnes swt (up 467%). Australia’s market share has increased steadily since 2010 (at 24%), with a further rise from 44% in 2012, to 53% in 2013. While the volume from Uruguay and NZ lifted to 70,334 tonnes swt (up 385% year-on-year) and 35,375 tonnes swt (up 374%, market share of both countries remained steady year-on-year, at 24% and 12%, respectively.
China imported 248,882 tonnes swt of sheepmeat during 2013 (up 101%). While NZ continued to dominate China’s imported sheepmeat volume, at 133,343 tonnes swt (up 88% year-on-year), market share was back from 57% in 2012, to 54% in 2013. China’s intake of Australian sheepmeat jumped 111%, to 106,902 tonnes swt, with its market share in 2013 also rising 2% on 2012, to 43%. The volume of Uruguay sheepmeat imported was up almost four-fold on 2012 annual import volume, at 8,637 tonnes swt.