Mercosur is again consolidating as the leading global exporter of beef with shipments of almost 1,8 million tons during the first half of the year, according to primary information from different sources. Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina and Paraguay in that order were the main suppliers.
Brazil during March exported 203,490 tons of beef, up 28% year on year, and the UN Department of Agriculture anticipated that the country is projected to become once again the largest beef exporter in 2022., with shipments 12,1% higher than in 2021.
Argentina's Agriculture and Livestock Minister Julián Domínguez has warned beef exporters that those who fail to supply the local market in accordance with the Government's plan will be banned from selling their products abroad.
Argentina's Minister of Productive Development, Matías Kulfas, Thursday said meat exports are to resume next week after details to ensure proper supply to local consumers are fine-tuned.
Paraguay's beef exports totalled over 111,000 tons in January, February, March and April of 2021 to set a new record for the sector, the National Service for Animal Quality and Health (Senacsa) announced Monday.
Brazilian meatpacker JBS SA announced that China has lifted bans on two meat plants imposed in 2020 over coronavirus concerns.
Uruguay's President Tabaré Vázquez met Sunday with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Montevideo. During the encounter, both leaders signed an agreement which opened Japan's market to beef exports from the South American country after 20 years.
Argentina and China signed a historic agreement that opens the huge Asian market to beef and lamb with bone from the South American country, according to Senasa the Argentine agriculture and livestock sanitary office. The deal concludes fifteen years of negotiations and means access to the world's largest importer of beef.
Brazilian police on Tuesday opened two separate investigations into whether certain food companies improperly received favorable treatment from the Agriculture Ministry, the latest probe ensnaring the powerful farming sector. The probes into whether inspection procedures were relaxed for meatpacking, dairy and other food companies come two months after industry leaders JBS SA and BRF SA were rocked by allegations of bribing food inspectors.
Brazilian exports outweighed imports by more than US$7 billion in March despite fears that the economy could be hard hit by the country's on-going meat scandal. The country recorded a US$7.14 billion trade surplus last month, the highest level on record for the country and a whopping 61.2% increase on the previous year.