Top Beef Exporting Countries

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Overall beef exports totaled US$44.4 billion in 2017. That dollar amount represents a 2.7% increase for global beef shippers over the five-year period starting in 2013. Year over year, the value of international beef sales accelerated by 7.7% from 2016 to 2017.

Among continents, European countries accounted for the highest dollar worth of exported beef during 2017 with shipments valuated at $14 billion or roughly one-third (31.5%) of the global total. In second place was Latin America (excluding Mexico) plus the Caribbean at 21.8%, ahead of the 20.2% portion of worldwide beef shipments originating from North America.

Trailing those continental sources were beef exporters from Oceania led by Australia and New Zealand via a 17.6% share of total beef exports. Smaller percentages track back to Asia (8.1%) and Africa (0.7%).

The 4-digit Harmonized Tariff System code prefixes are 0201 for fresh or chilled beef and 0202 for frozen beef.

The value of exported fresh or chilled beef amounted to $23.1 billion in 2017, eclipsing the $21.3 billion for frozen beef. The latter accounts for 48.1% of overall global exports compared to 51.9% for fresh or chilled beef during 2017.

And while the value of fresh or chilled beef exports increased by 7.3% from 2013 to 2017, the comparable metric for frozen beef shipments slipped by -1.9%.

Top Beef Exporting Countries

Total Beef

Below are the 15 countries that exported the highest dollar value worth of fresh, chilled or frozen beef during 2017:

  1. United States: US$6.2 billion (14% of total beef exports)
  2. Australia: $5.8 billion (13%)
  3. Brazil: $5.1 billion (11.4%)
  4. Netherlands: $3.1 billion (7%)
  5. India: $3 billion (6.8%)
  6. Ireland: $2.2 billion (4.9%)
  7. New Zealand: $2 billion (4.6%)
  8. Canada: $1.6 billion (3.7%)
  9. Uruguay: $1.52 billion (3.43%)
  10. Poland: $1.51 billion (3.41%)
  11. Germany: $1.4 billion (3.3%)
  12. Argentina: $1.3 billion (2.9%)
  13. Paraguay: $1.15 billion (2.58%)
  14. Mexico: $1.13 billion (2.55%)
  15. France: $1.05 billion (2.4%)

The listed 15 countries shipped 86.1% of all beef exported in 2017 by value.

Among the above suppliers, the fastest-growing overall beef exporters since 2013 were: Mexico (up 74.3%), Canada (up 47.3%), Argentina (up 30.5%), Poland (up 20.5%) and the United States (up 18.2%).

Four countries experienced declines in their international beef sales over the latest 5-year period, specifically India (down -32.4%), Germany (down -25.3%), France (down -18.8%) and Brazil (down -5.4%).

Fresh/Chilled

Below are the 15 countries that exported the highest dollar value worth of fresh or chilled beef during 2017:

  1. United States: US$3.4 billion (14.7% of fresh/chilled beef exports)
  2. Netherlands: $2.8 billion (12.1%)
  3. Australia: $2.3 billion (10%)
  4. Ireland: $2 billion (8.5%)
  5. Canada: $1.3 billion (5.6%)
  6. Germany: $1.22 billion (5.3%)
  7. Poland: $1.16 billion (5%)
  8. Mexico: $991.7 million (4.3%)
  9. France: $985.8 million (4.3%)
  10. Belgium: $768.9 million (3.3%)
  11. Brazil: $684.4 million (2.97%)
  12. Argentina: $660.1 million (2.86%)
  13. Paraguay: $571.4 million (2.5%)
  14. Spain: $566.5 million (2.46%)
  15. United Kingdom: $446.5 million (1.9%)

The listed 15 countries shipped 85.9% of fresh or chilled exported beef in 2017 by value.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing exporters of fresh or chilled beef since 2013 were: Paraguay (up 145%), Mexico (up 89.5%), Canada (up 54.8%), Australia (up 17.2%) and Poland (up 16.8%).

Five countries endured declines in their exported fresh or chilled beef sales over the 5-year period, namely Germany (down -27.6%), Brazil (down -19.9%), France (down -19.7%), United Kingdom (down -10.8%) and Belgium (down -1.4%).

Frozen

Below are the 15 countries that exported the highest dollar value worth of frozen beef during 2017:

  1. Brazil: US$4.4 billion (20.6% of frozen beef exports)
  2. Australia: $3.5 billion (16.3%)
  3. India: $3 billion (14%)
  4. United States: $2.8 billion (13.2%)
  5. New Zealand: $1.8 billion (8.4%)
  6. Uruguay: $1.1 billion (5.4%)
  7. Argentina: $636.1 million (3%)
  8. Paraguay: $574.7 million (2.7%)
  9. Poland: $348.5 million (1.63%)
  10. Canada: $336.8 million (1.58%)
  11. Netherlands: $330.8 million (1.55%)
  12. Ireland: $239.3 million (1.12%)
  13. Nicaragua: $223.5 million (1.05%)
  14. Germany: $221.7 million (1.04%)
  15. Italy: $188.8 million (0.9%)

The listed 15 countries shipped 92.5% of frozen exported beef in 2017 by value.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing exporters of frozen beef since 2013 were: Argentina (up 88.9%), Netherlands (up 56.2%), Ireland (up 36.3%), Poland (up 34.8%) and Canada (up 24.1%).

Those countries that posted declines in the international sales of frozen beef over the 5-year period were led by: India (down -32.1%), Paraguay (down -25.5%), Nicaragua (down -22.6%), Italy (down -22.1%) and Germany (down -9.4%).

Companies

Beef Exporting Companies

According to global trading platform Alibaba, the following suppliers actively participate in the international trade of fresh, chilled and frozen beef. Shown within parenthesis is the home-country location for each business:

  • Agro Expedition International (Netherlands)
  • Cargill (United States)
  • Carmelita Export-Import Limited (Ireland)
  • Imam Halal Meats New Zealand Ltd (New Zealand)
  • Prime Foods International Inc (Canada)
  • Ricardo Schneider SS Trade Importacao Exportacao (Brazil)
  • Rodriguez Gonzalez Medardo (Uruguay)
  • SIBA International (India)
  • Tropicana Food And Beverages Gmbh (Germany)
  • Yass Valley Beef (Australia)









 

See also Big Export Sales for Frozen Shrimps, Chicken Exports by Country and Pork Exports by Country

Research Sources:
The World Factbook, Field Listing: Exports – Commodities, Central Intelligence Agency. Accessed on May 23, 2018

Trade Map, International Trade Centre. Accessed on May 23, 2018

Investopedia, Net Exports Definition. Accessed on May 23, 2018

Wikipedia, Beef. Accessed on May 23, 2018

Alibaba, Supplier showroom for beef. Accessed on May 23, 2018