Irish beef exports to the US are increasing
Irish beef is in high demand on the US market as the USDA data reveals. In the first four months of this year, Ireland has exported 880 tons of beef to the US marking an increase by 31% compared to the same period of 2017.
Nevertheless, 2017 was a year when Irish beef has registered a decrease by 10% in the exports to the US market, reports Agriland magazine.
In 2015, Ireland was the first EU Member State to regain access to the US market after a 15-year ban due to BSE concerns. Since then, Ireland has exported 992 tons of beef in the first year of access, 1,772 tons in 2016 and a lower volume, 1,571 tons, in 2017. If the trend is going to continue for the rest of the year, Irish beef exports in the US could reach a volume of approximately 2,000 tons at the end of 2018.
Meantime, Ireland has opened another key market for beef, the Chinese one and, according to Bord Bia, China officially imported more than 700,000t of beef in 2017 – a figure expected to double by 2020. At this point, annual per capita consumption of beef in China stands at 4-6 kg, but an increase of just 1 kg per capita would mean an additional 1.38 million tonnes imports of beef per annum.
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