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Taiwan’s Year-end Imports Show Modest Growth for Beef, Surge in EU Pork

Taiwan’s beef imports totaled 98,955 mt in 2014, with growth from all major suppliers

Taiwan’s beef imports totaled 98,955 mt in 2014, with growth from all major suppliers

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).

Taiwan’s 2014 pork/pork variety meat imports reflect a near-tripling from the EU

Taiwan’s 2014 pork/pork variety meat imports reflect a near-tripling from the EU


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).