Overall beef exports totaled $44.4 billionStaff Writer | June 2, 2018
Overall beef exports totaled $44.4 billion in 2017. That dollar amount represents a 2.7% increase for global beef shippers over the five-year period starting in 2013.
Food trade European countries accounted for the highest dollar worth
Among continents, European countries accounted for the highest dollar worth of exported beef during 2017 with shipments valuated at $14 billion or roughly one-third (31.5%) of the global total.
In second place was Latin America (excluding Mexico) plus the Caribbean at 21.8%, ahead of the 20.2% portion of worldwide beef shipments originating from North America.
Trailing those continental sources were beef exporters from Oceania led by Australia and New Zealand via a 17.6% share of total beef exports. Smaller percentages track back to Asia (8.1%) and Africa (0.7%).
The 4-digit Harmonized Tariff System code prefixes are 0201 for fresh or chilled beef and 0202 for frozen beef.
The value of exported fresh or chilled beef amounted to $23.1 billion in 2017, eclipsing the $21.3 billion for frozen beef. The latter accounts for 48.1% of overall global exports compared to 51.9% for fresh or chilled beef during 2017.
And while the value of fresh or chilled beef exports increased by 7.3% from 2013 to 2017, the comparable metric for frozen beef shipments slipped by -1.9%.
The 15 countries that exported the highest dollar value worth of fresh, chilled or frozen beef during 2017:
United States: $6.2 billion (14% of total beef exports)
Australia: $5.8 billion (13%)
Brazil: $5.1 billion (11.4%)
Netherlands: $3.1 billion (7%)
India: $3 billion (6.8%)
Ireland: $2.2 billion (4.9%)
New Zealand: $2 billion (4.6%)
Canada: $1.6 billion (3.7%)
Uruguay: $1.52 billion (3.43%)
Poland: $1.51 billion (3.41%)
Germany: $1.4 billion (3.3%)
Argentina: $1.3 billion (2.9%)
Paraguay: $1.15 billion (2.58%)
Mexico: $1.13 billion (2.55%)
France: $1.05 billion (2.4%)
The listed 15 countries shipped 86.1% of all beef exported in 2017 by value. ■