China is increasing beef imports from minor suppliers
The volumes of beef imported by China from minor suppliers have increased by 82% in the first two months of the year, compared with the same period of 2019, reports Beef to China platform, quoting official data from Customs Administration. 11,457 tonnes of beef have entered the country in the period mentioned above, reflecting the need to diversify the source of origin for these products.
Ireland and the US were the top two minor countries to ship beef to China, with both countries delivering more than 1,500 tonnes of beef in this market, which shows a year-on-year increase of 325% for Irish beef and 25% for the US exporters. Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Bolivia, Panama, Namibia, and Hungary had no beef trading volume with China in the first half of last year, while in the first two months of this year, the import volume of Ukrainian, Kazakhstan, and Bolivian beef was all over 700 tons, and the import volume of Panamanian, Namibian, and Hungarian beef was all over 350 tons.
In the first two months of this year, China’s beef imports from many minor countries showed year-on-year growth, mainly boosted by an increasing number of beef plants granted permission to China.
For the months to come, the figures are expected to go higher as new countries have received approval for beef exports in the Chinese market. Latvia is the latest one to join the beef exports club, becoming the 11th EU country to gain access to this market. In 2019, there were three European countries approved for China, including Ukraine, UK, and Lithuania, while a year before the approved number was four: Ireland, Serbia, France, and the Netherlands.
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