Australia used 99% of its HQB ‘Hilton’ quota allocation in 2011-12, despite the tough economic conditions within the EU.
Australia has a total allocation of 7,150 tonnes swt, shipping 7,071 tonnes swt in 2011-2012 (Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry).
This was an improvement on 2010-11, when Australia shipped 90% of its allocated quota.
Overall usage of the Hilton quota remains low among eligible nations. Of the 66,625 tonnes swt allocated to eligible nations, only 58% was utilised in 2011-12.
Argentina, with an allocation of 29,375 tonnes swt, shipped 64% of its total, while Brazil (10,000 tonne allocation) shipped 26% and the US (11,500 tonne allocation) shipped 22%.
Those nations with lower quota locations generally utilised their full allotment, with New Zealand (1,300 tonnes swt) shipping 100% and Uruguay (6,300 tonnes swt) shipping 100%.
Australia has utilised more than 99% of its allocation in four of the last five financial years.
Australian beef exports to the EU have increased significantly over the past few years, with access to the HQB grainfed quota increasing market access to the region.
In 2009-10, Australian exports to the EU totalled 10,586 tonnes, with grainfed exports at 37 tonnes swt.
In 2011-12, Australian shipments totalled 13,403 tonnes, with grainfed exports at 4,793 tonnes swt.
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