Australia exported 31,028 tonnes swt of beef to Japan during July, up 33% year-on-year from low volumes in 2011.
The recovery was also assisted by softened buying from other markets.
The improvement in volumes this year was underpinned by increases in major cuts such as manufacturing beef (up 36% to 10,782 tonnes), briskets (up 26% to 6,095 tonnes), and blade (up 72% to 1,838 tonnes).
Slower demand from emerging markets such as Russia and Indonesia has also likely resulted in the improvement in shoulder and round products to Japan, while the US has taken traditional high lean items, allowing Japan to secure more 65CL and 75CL product.
Additionally, chilled grassfed fullset shipments during the month jumped from only 309 tonnes in 2011 to 1,011 tonnes swt, on the back of limited grainfed fullset supplies and increased availability.
Australian beef exports to Japan during January to July 2012 totalled 181,898 tonnes swt, 5% less than the corresponding period in 2011.
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