Australian meat exports to Russia growing

by Editor
Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Significant growth in red meat exports to Russia is helping Australia make some headway into Europe, despite the really tight EU market.

European Union quota and tariff restrictions have frustrated attempts to lift sales volumes within that market. But Russia seems to build an appetite for Australian beef and sheepmeat.

More than 12,500 t of beef was shipped to Russia last year (including 500 t chilled for air freight) - about double the beef which makes it into the EU - and Australia now enjoys a strong foothold in Russia's food service sector.

Sheepmeat growth has been steadier - Russia last year took 12,000 t of Australian mutton and 820 t of lamb - but a continuing education program and unlimited quota to the country would pave the way for opportunities. Lamb hasn’t seen the same surge.