Japan sees notable rise in beef imports

By Carina Perkins

- Last updated on GMT

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Japan significantly increased beef imports in April, with growth driven by shipments from the US, according to data from the country’s Ministry of Finance.

Japan’s total beef imports reached 45,685 tonnes (t) for the month, a 23% year-on-year increase, while US chilled and frozen beef imports surged by 73% and 105% year-on-year to 8,975t swt and 6,706t swt, respectively.

Analysts said this reflected Japan’s decision to raise its age limit on US boned beef from 21 months to 31 months, which dramatically increased the quantity of US beef eligible for import.

Australian beef imports suffered in the face of increased competition from US beef, falling by 2% year-on-year in April to 23,973t swt. The impact was most noticeable on the brisket/plate imports, with US imports of these cuts leaping 88% to surpass Australian imports.

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