Year-end 2014 import data from Taiwan show a 6 percent increase in beef import volume compared to 2013, with imports reaching 98,955 metric tons (mt). Most of the increase was attributable to No. 3 supplier New Zealand (19,941 mt, +11 percent), with smaller growth from Australia (37,128 mt, +3 percent) and the United States (33,423 mt, +1 percent). In terms of value, total beef imports increased 12 percent to $693.7 million, including growth from the U.S. ($294.5 million, +11 percent), Australia ($229.1 million, +9 percent) and New Zealand ($121.2 million, +12 percent).
The U.S. was still Taiwan’s largest supplier of chilled beef at 12,249 mt (+6 percent), but chilled imports increased more rapidly from both Australia (4,548 mt, +17 percent) and New Zealand (2,239 mt, +59 percent) in 2014.
Taiwan’s pork/pork variety meat imports increased 40 percent in volume (to 80,774 mt) and 69 percent in value ($196 million) on very large growth from the European Union. Imports from the EU nearly tripled in volume (40,167 mt, +194 percent) and more than quadrupled in value ($102 million, +304 percent), while imports from the U.S. were down 13 percent in volume (16,701 mt) and 4 percent in value ($42.4 million). Imports from Canada declined 4 percent in volume (23,792 mt) but increased 12 percent in value ($51.4 million).