China has become the main market for Brazilian beef, an official report said Tuesday [1 March 2016]. China bought 906 million U.S. dollars’ worth of beef from June 2015 to January 2016, making up 28 percent of the sector’s revenue, according to data from the Brazilian Ministry of Development published by local daily Folha de Sao Paulo. “They buy all types of cuts and are accounting for solid revenue,” according to Antonio Camardelli, president of the Brazilian Association of Meat Exporters…Full Article: Xinhua Mar 2016
- As of 2015, Chinese annual consumption of beef totaled approximately 6 kg per person.
- In May 2015, China lifted its 2012 Brazilian beef embargo.
- In 2015, Brazil reported exports of frozen (boneless) beef totaling 163,639 MTs to Hong Kong and 97,478 MTs to mainland China.
- In March 2015, nine Brazilian meat processors were granted approval by China to export beef and chicken to the mainland.
- By the end of 2014, Brazil was expected to have 17 Chinese approved abattoirs (i.e. slaughterhouses that can export to mainland China). Brazilian beef exports were expected to begin in earnest during the first half of December 2014.
- In November 2014, China officially ended the ban on Brazilian beef.
- In July 2014, mainland China temporarily suspended its ban on Brazilian beef.
- In March 2014, the Chairman of JBS (Brazilian meat group) stated that his company intends to increase its sales to China by 20% in 2014, particularly with the exports of second and first-rate beef.
- In 2013, Hong Kong imported US$1.44 billion worth of Brazilian beef.
- In December 2012, mainland China banned Brazilian beef imports due to a case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE or ‘mad cow’) in Paraná state, southern Brazil.