Uruguay's meat exports depends on ChinaStaff writer ▼ | January 16, 2014
Regarding beef which represents 80% of all Uruguay meat exports, last year overseas sales were down 7% in dollars and in volume. On the other hand lamb and mutton soared 24% in dollars and 29% in volume, compared to 2012. However ovine meat only represent 6% of all Uruguayan meat exports.
The increase in lamb and mutton can be attributed to the opening of the U.S. market for Uruguayan produce, a successful ending for eight years of negotiations.
Regarding the main buyers, China leads, displacing Nafta, the European Union, Russia and Mercosur. China took 26% of all Uruguayan meat exports.
According to INAC in 2013, meat exports and sub-products totaled 418.123 tons equivalent to $1.665 billion. Likewise the number of cattle head slaughtered last year to 28 December reached 1.973.990, which represents a 5% drop compared to 2012. ■