Australian lamb exports during August rose 13%, year-on-year, to 15,978 tonnes swt (Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry).
While this was 1% lower than the volume shipped in July, total exports for January to August 2012 remain 17% higher than the corresponding period in 2011, at 120,831 tonnes swt – largely underpinned by increased production.
Shipments to the Middle East, the largest export destination for Australian lamb, jumped 36% year-on-year in August, to 4,950 tonnes swt.
Exports to Greater China also increased, up 12% year-on-year to 2,793 tonnes swt, closely followed by shipments to the US, up 11% over the same period, to 2,683 tonnes swt.
Exports to Papua New Guinea continued to surge, jumping 45% on last August, to cement its position as Australia’s fourth largest export destination.
In contrast, exports to South East Asia continued to decline in August, dropping 16% year-on-year, to 749 tonnes swt, with total shipments for the year 9% lower than the corresponding period in 2011.
Shipments to the EU also fell, down 8% on last August, to 932 tonnes swt.
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