UAE opens to Uruguayan beef and sheepmeat

by Editor
Monday, January 28, 2008

As of 30 December 2007, Uruguay is certified to export beef and sheep products to the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

This had been confirmed by a decision of the General Secretary of Emirate Municipalities, recognising Halal certificates issued by the Islamic Centre of Uruguay.

This is an important market for Australian chilled lamb carcases and frozen mutton carcass pieces. In 2007, these cuts were exported to the UAE for $3,890/ton and $2,681/ton, respectively. Cheap alternatives from Uruguay may impact prices and shares in this market.

In 2007, Uruguay exported 2,215 tons of frozen sheepmeat to the Middle East (14% of total sheepmeat exports), with an average price of $1,990/ton. The main destinations were Saudi Arabia (65%), Kuwait (14%) and Jordan (8%).