Australian beef shipments to Japan in June declined 4% year-on-year to 30,315 tonnes swt, with competition from the US and subdued bids from Japanese buyers reducing grainfed exports (down 17% to 11,529 tonnes swt).
Grainfed manufacturing beef to Japan during the month decreased 40% from last year to 2,454 tonnes swt, reflecting reduced production.
Grainfed fullset volumes were also down 6% year-on-year, to 708 tonnes swt.
In contrast, exports of grassfed fullset almost doubled from last year, to 969 tonnes swt - the highest since March 2010.
Total grassfed exports were up 6% year-on-year.
Beef exports to Japan during January to June totalled to 150,870 tonnes swt, down 10% from the corresponding period in 2011.
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