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Find export summaries, market snapshots and other insights such as the Steiner report, specific to Australia's key export destinations.

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Market Access

Through Australia's safe bio-security status and several free trade agreements with key partner countries - exports benefit from increasing quotas and reducing tariffs in many markets.

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Australian red meat exports

As a result of the small population and the large ratio of livestock to people, Australian red meat production far exceeds domestic consumption, making Australia one of the largest exporters of red meat in the world.

Beef

In 2015, Australia was the world's largest beef exporter - exporting 1.29 million tonnes swt. Exports for this period were valued at $9.3 billion.

For more information on the Australian beef industry, please see our Cattle Industry Projections, Beef Fast Facts, further Trends & Analysis or download data from the Market Information statistics database.

Top ten Australian beef export destinations based on 2015 volumes (tonnes swt)

2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
TOTAL 949,195 963,782 1,099,487 1,287,012 1,285,073
% of production exported 66% 66% 68% 72% 74%
US 167,820 224,111 212,703 397,889 415,951
Japan 342,188 308,540 288,796 293,780 285,224
Korea 146,347 125,957 144,365 150,918 166,588
China 7,754 32,906 154,833 124,586 148,222
Canada 10,148 15,661 17,898 32,972 42,575
Indonesia 39,590 27,097 39,418 53,140 39,134
Taiwan 36,748 38,280 35,703 36,419 30,448
Saudi Arabia 6,017 5,241 31,126 32,213 29,629
Philippines 20,998 25,718 26,992 34,352 25,352
Malaysia 14,436 15,544 15,935 13,105 12,344
other 157,149 144,728 131,721 117,638 89,605

 

Sheepmeat

Total Australian lamb exports for 2015 reached 233,999 tonnes swt while mutton reached 150,921 tonnes swt and were valued at $1.8 billion and $751 million, respectively.

For more information on the Australian sheepmeat industry, please see our Sheep Industry Projections, Sheep Fast Facts, further Trends & Analysis or download data from the Market Information statistics database.

Top ten Australian lamb export destinations based on 2015 volumes (tonnes swt)

2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
TOTAL 160,007 188,618 213,714 236,908 233,999
% of production exported 49% 50% 53% 58% 55%
US 34,334 36,667 39,180 46,224 49,904
China 21,234 29,521 39,535 38,842 31,326
UAE 12,487 13,205 15,724 17,479 19,034
Papua New Guinea 10,213 13,101 12,482 9,033 15,716
Jordan 8,779 12,959 12,741 14,408 14,738
Qatar 3,494 5,933 6,019 10,078 13,941
Malaysia 5,359 5,016 6,255 7,389 8,901
Japan 7,381 7,687 7,697 10,127 7,977
United Kingdom 8,780 9,016 9,124 10,561 7,806
Bahrain 28 3,326 13,351 11,973 7,540
other 47,919 52,187 51,607 60,793 57,116

 

Top ten Australian mutton export destinations based on 2015 volumes (tonnes swt)

2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
TOTAL 82,217 106,696 172,045 185,992 150,921
% of production exported 95% 96% 95% 95% 90%
China 5,073 16,352 57,888 50,064 28,894
Saudi Arabia 11,574 12,646 12,761 18,538 16,878
Malaysia 3,482 5,562 11,135 15,939 14,963
US 4,619 7,471 8,747 13,273 12,971
UAE 8,886 11,126 10,404 12,587 9,946
Singapore 5,257 5,774 7,401 9,052 8,883
Oman 1,945 3,048 5,458 6,772 7,994
Taiwan 3,644 4,875 6,649 8,103 6,504
Kuwait 4,421 5,758 4,976 5,751 5,773
United Kingdom 2,646 3,279 4,230 4,271 5,115
other 30,669 30,805 42,395 41,642 32,999

 

Goatmeat

2015 Australian goat exports were 29,965 tonnes swt and were valued at $243 million. Almost all of Australian goat production is exported.

For more information on the Australian goat industry, please see the Goat Industry Summary or download data from the Market Information statistics database.

Top ten Australian goat export destinations based on 2015 volumes (tonnes swt)

2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
TOTAL 25,892 29,094 32,671 35,780 29,965
US 15,163 16,078 15,479 19,090 17,626
Taiwan 3,911 3,968 3,861 5,075 3,721
Canada 1,571 2,038 1,896 2,218 1,720
Trinadad & Tobago 1,944 1,887 1,942 1,781 1,719
Korea 897 802 931 1,524 1,677
China 37 374 4,736 1,113 880
Hong Kong 17 32 110 1,426 733
Vietman 278 233 788 680 708
Japan 217 254 294 332 399
Malaysia 514 1,537 1,015 685 176
other 1,344 1,891 1,619 1,856 606