Beef demand in Chile is expected to increase in August and September due to the National Day Celebrations held in September.
In 2011, from July to September, beef imports increased 26% compared with the June quarter of the same year (Global Trade Atlas).
In 2012, Brazil became the largest beef supplier in Chile. From January to June, exports increased 258%, to 28,486 tonnes swt, followed by Argentina up 63% to 12,698 tonnes swt and Australia up 107%, to 8,927 tonnes swt.
Shipments from Australia to Chile during the first six months of 2012 were the highest on record, totalling 8,927 tonnes swt, the main cuts exported were thick flank/knuckle, topside/inside, silverside/outside and chuck roll.
The Chilean economy is expected to continue to register rising incomes and consumption levels. An expanding middle class is also expected increase demand for higher value food items such as beef.
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