Trade Belgian beef exports stabilise at previous year's level

by Editor fleischwirtschaft.com
Wednesday, April 17, 2019
Third-country exports shrank by one fifth to 17,578 t compared with 2017.
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Third-country exports shrank by one fifth to 17,578 t compared with 2017.

In 2018, 890,000 cattle were slaughtered in Belgium, 3% less than a year ago. The corresponding meat production is estimated at 277,310 t, a minus of 1.5% compared to 2017.

At around 200,166 t, global export volumes are stabilising at almost the same level as in the previous year. The main sales region remains the European Union, which absorbs 91.2% of Belgium's foreign trade with 182,588 t, an increase of 1.5% over the previous year.

The immediate neighboring countries continue to occupy the top positions on the customer list. The Netherlands ordered 68,629 t (-3.4%), France 39,296 t (-0.2%) and Germany 34,132 t (+4.5%). Third-country exports shrank by one fifth to 17,578 t compared with 2017. Ghana (6,247 t), the Ivory Coast (5,385 t) and Hong Kong (1,305 t) remain the most important destinations despite declining volumes.

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