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Uruguay's meat exports depends on China

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Staff writer ▼ | January 16, 2014
Uruguay meatUruguay's meat exports slid 6.5% in volume during 2013 compared to the previous year, but the big news is that China has become the main client for beef, followed by Nafta countries, (US, Canada and Mexico), according to the National Meat Institute, INAC.


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.

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