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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 2016, Australia exported one million tonnes swt. Exports for this period were valued at $7.4 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 2016 volumes (tonnes swt)

2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
TOTAL 963,782 1,099,487 1,287,012 1,285,073 1,018,105
% of production exported 66% 68% 72% 74% 70%
US 224,111 212,703 397,889 415,951 242,013
Japan 308,540 288,796 293,780 285,224 264,325
Korea 125,957 144,365 150,918 166,588 179,854
China 32,906 154,833 124,586 148,222 94,040
Indonesia 27,097 39,418 53,140 39,134 61,676
Taiwan 38,280 35,703 36,419 30,448 31,385
Philippines 25,718 26,992 34,352 25,352 29,431
Canada 15,661 17,898 32,972 42,575 19,316
Saudi Arabia 5,241 31,126 32,213 29,629 11,271
Malaysia 15,544 15,935 13,105 12,344 10,391
other 144,728 131,721 117,638 89,605 74,404

 

Sheepmeat

Total Australian lamb exports for 2016 reached 242,285 tonnes swt while mutton reached 132,199 tonnes swt and were valued at $1.8 billion and $641 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 2016 volumes (tonnes swt)

2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
TOTAL 188,618 213,714 236,908 233,999 242,285
% of production exported 50% 53% 58% 55% 56%
US 36,667 39,180 46,224 49,904 54,545
China 29,521 39,535 38,842 31,326 39,096
UAE 13,205 15,724 17,479 19,034 20,904
Qatar 5,933 6,019 10,078 13,941 15,904
Papua New Guinea 13,101 12,482 9,033 15,716 15,464
Jordan 12,959 12,741 14,408 14,738 12,256
EU 12,129 11,747 14,042 10,656 11,512
Malaysia 5,016 6,255 7,389 8,901 9,741
Japan 7,687 7,697 10,127 7,977 8,640
Saudi Arabia 3,974 3,783 5,126 6,638 6,686
other 48,426 58,551 64,160 55,168 47,537

 

Top ten Australian mutton export destinations based on 2016 volumes (tonnes swt)

2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
TOTAL 106,696 172,045 185,992 150,921 132,199
% of production exported 96% 95% 95% 90% 95%
China 16,352 57,888 50,064 28,894 20,353
Malaysia 5,562 11,135 15,939 14,963 14,933
Saudi Arabia 12,646 12,761 18,538 16,878 11,431
US 7,471 8,747 13,273 12,971 10,016
UAE 11,126 10,404 12,587 9,946 9,628
EU 3,723 4,988 4,716 5,539 4,959
Japan 3,164 3,787 5,116 3,733 4,582
Qatar 2,528 1,962 2,720 2,819 2,349
Papau New Guinea 941 2,458 3,135 2,395 2,208
Jordan 1,012 893 1,307 893 699
other 42,171 57,022 58,597 51,890 51,041

 

Goatmeat

2016 Australian goat exports were 26,392 tonnes swt and were valued at $200 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 2016 volumes (tonnes swt)

2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
TOTAL 29,094 32,671 35,780 29,965 26,794
US 16,078 15,479 19,090 17,626 17,807
Taiwan 3,968 3,861 5,075 3,721 3,140
Trinadad & Tobago 1,887 1,942 1,781 1,719 1,765
Korea 802 931 1,524 1,677 1,462
Canada 2,038 1,896 2,218 1,720 1,109
Vietnam 233 788 680 708 750
Japan 254 294 332 399 381
Malaysia 1,537 1,015 685 176 85
Fiji 9 88 117 138 48
Mauritius 63 35 28 8 40
other 1,891 1,619 1,856 606 206

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