Find export summaries, market snapshots and other insights such as the Steiner report, specific to Australia's key export destinations.
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.
MLA maintains a database of Australian Red Meat Exporters through which overseas importers interested in Australian product can be connected with suppliers.
The Collaborative Marketing Program (CoMarketing Program) is an initiative by MLA to support Australian companies develop superior brand marketing strategies and effective marketing plans.
Trade shows are an important business development activity that enables our industry to increase the awareness and penetration of Australia’s quality and integrity systems that set Australian product apart from the competition.
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.
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)
|% of production exported||66%||68%||72%||74%||70%|
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)
|% of production exported||50%||53%||58%||55%||56%|
|Papua New Guinea||13,101||12,482||9,033||15,716||15,464|
Top ten Australian mutton export destinations based on 2016 volumes (tonnes swt)
|% of production exported||96%||95%||95%||90%||95%|
|Papau New Guinea||941||2,458||3,135||2,395||2,208|
2016 Australian goat exports were 26,392 tonnes swt and were valued at $200 million. Almost all of Australian goat production is exported.
Top ten Australian goat export destinations based on 2016 volumes (tonnes swt)
|Trinadad & Tobago||1,887||1,942||1,781||1,719||1,765|
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