Higher global “Hilton” quota utilisation in 2014-15

23 July 2015


According to the EU Commission, global usage of the “Hilton” quota increased 6% in 2014-15, totalling 45,618 tonnes swt, or 67.8% of the total quota. The rise was mainly driven by the increase in Brazilian beef shipments under the quota.

  • Brazil filled 80% of its allocated quota (or 7,990 tonnes swt) in 2014-15, up from 41% (4,079 tonnes swt) in the previous fiscal year. A greater number of cattle meeting the specifications to supply beef under the quota underpinned exports.
  • Australia has been a consistently high user, but registered a slightly decline in 2014-15, with utilisation at 95% (6,815 tonnes swt)
  •  New Zealand and Uruguay continued to use all of their annual allocation; both countries have recorded high usage since 2009-10.
  • Argentina has the largest quota allocation, at 30,000 tonnes swt, but has consistently fallen short, shipping 76% (or 22,867 tonnes swt) of its total allocation in 2014-15.
  • The US and Canada share a quota of 11,500 tonnes swt and its quota utilisation remained very low, at 3% (353 tonnes).

The EU “Hilton Quota” is a country specific beef quota, with access allocated to Argentina, Australia, Uruguay, New Zealand, Brazil, US/Canada and Paraguay. Disappointingly for countries that regularly fill their allocation, including Australia, New Zealand and Uruguay, unused quota cannot be redistributed to other supplying nations.

 

Countries

Quota allocation (tonnes swt)

Quota utilisation (tonnes swt)

Quota utilisation (%)

Argentina

30,000

22,867

76%

Australia

7,150

6,815

95%

Uruguay

6,300

6,281

100%

Brazil

10,000

7,990

80%

New Zealand

1,300

1,299

100%

US & Canada

11,500

353

3%

Paraguay

1,000

12

1%

TOTAL

67,250

45,618

67.8%

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