Subscribe Login
DE4CC0DE-5FC3-4494-BCBF-4D50B00366B5
Supply Chain

Argentina To Resume Beef Exports To China

Argentina said it would once again allow cattle farmers to freely export beef to China, lifting a cap imposed earlier this year that had stoked tensions with the agricultural sector.

The government had capped beef exports at 50% of the normal volumes to tamp down fast-rising prices, leading to protests and threats by farmers to halt local trading in cattle and also grains.

Argentina is the world's fifth-largest beef exporter while China is the world's top consumer of the meat. About 75% of Argentina's 2020 beef exports went to China, according to official numbers.

Farm exports are the country's main source of much needed foreign currency.

'Restart Exports'

"Regarding the issue of beef meant for China, we will restart exports starting on Monday," Argentina's agriculture, cattle and fishing minister Julian Dominguez said following a meeting with leaders of four main agricultural associations.

"This is the message that producers needed," said Elbio Laucirica, head of the Coninagro agricultural association, following the meeting. "It doesn't affect the local market."

Analysts say China primarily buys a beef cut that is not popular in the domestic Argentine market.

Dominguez took over as farming minister earlier this month after the government of center-left President Alberto Fernandez badly lost a congressional primary election, sparking a rift in the ruling Peronist party and a Cabinet reshuffle.

Dominguez convened the official Federal Agricultural Council earlier on Tuesday, where a plan was discussed to bolster the "quantity of available beef" for 2022.

News by Reuters, edited by ESM. For more Supply Chain news, click here. Click subscribe to sign up to ESM: European Supermarket Magazine.

Stay Connected With Our Weekly Newsletter

Processing your request...

Thanks! please check your email to confirm your subscription.

By signing up you are agreeing to our Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy
Enjoy unlimited digital access for 30 days
Get exclusive access to the latest grocery retail & FMCG news, interviews with industry leading executives, and expert analysis on the trends shaping the sector today
Enjoy unlimited digital access for 30 days
Enjoy unlimited digital access for 30 days
Get exclusive access to the latest grocery retail & FMCG news, interviews with industry leading executives, and expert analysis on the trends shaping the sector today
Enjoy unlimited digital access for 30 days