South American beef declines in the EU

by Editor
Tuesday, April 03, 2007

EU imports of South American beef totalled 462,000 tonnes cwt in 2006, a 9% fall on 2005 levels (European Market Survey).

Contributing to the decline were restrictions on exports of beef from Brazil and Argentina.

Foot and mouth disease (FMD) outbreaks saw imports from Brazil decrease by 36% to 30,345 tonnes swt. Brazil is now proposing to divide the country into ‘zones’, so that trade restrictions only apply to individual states.

The EU currently restricts meat imported from Sao Paulo – even though it is free of FMD, it borders other states where the disease is present.

EU imports from Argentina totalled 54,700 tonnes cwt in 2006, a fall of 26% on 2005 – with Germany the main importer. Constraints placed by the Argentinean government contributed to the drop, as they tightened restrictions to secure domestic supplies and inhibit rising domestic prices.