Despite the national drought, Australian beef exports in 2018 increased by nearly 11 percent over the previous year, according to new Department of Agriculture figures.
A total of 1.124 million tonnes of beef were shipped last year – the biggest volume since 2014-15.
This was an increase of 109,000 tonnes or 10.8pc on 2017.
Growth in chilled beef product accounted for 22,000 tonnes along with 87,000 tonnes of frozen beef.
Asian beef markets continue to dominate Australia’s beef trade, with Japan returning to a volume not seen since 2011.
Exports to Japan are expected to increase further this year with tariff reductions under the new TPP-11 trade agreement.
China established a new record for imported Australian beef, thanks largely to the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement. (CHAFTA)
And beef sales to Korea also grew in 2018 due mainly to KAFTA (Korea-Australia Free Trade Agreement).
Growers shipped 315,780 tonnes of beef to Japan last year – the highest volume since 2001.
During the same period 170,273 tonnes was shipped to Korea from Australia.