Dáil Éireann - Volume 592 - 17 November, 2004

Written Answers. - Beef Imports.

  116. Mr. Naughten asked the Taoiseach the amount of imported beef from outside the EU in each of the past five years; the countries of origin and the tonnage involved in each case; the tonnage of each category subsequently exported from the State in each year concerned; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28858/04]

  Mr. Kitt: The table below shows the tonnage of beef imported from non-EU countries for the period 1999 to 2003 — 2003 is the latest year for which complete data is available. This data is broken down by beef category and country of origin. By using “country of origin”, Ireland, therefore, appears to import from itself because of beef which was exported being subsequently re-imported. Data is not available to answer the latter part of the Deputy’s question as the concept of “country of origin” does not apply to exports and consequently external trade statistics does not identify exports of goods previously imported.

Beef imports from Non-EU Countries.

Country of Origin

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

Tonnes

Overall total

1,611

2,600

9,559

5.123

5.648

of which main categories are:

Frozen beef

Brazil

924

1,541

2,133

2,168

3,122

boneless

Egypt

*3,722

Uruguay

237

138

115

631

13

Ireland

25

45

238

Saudi Arabia

287

Namibia

188

Argentina

14

126

27

Indonesia

163

New Zealand

121

United States

50

Philippines

26

9

Thailand

24

Iceland

11

Australia

10

Bangladesh

1

Nicaragua

1

Total

1,321

1,724

6,697

3,122

3,246

[1061] Fresh or chilled beef

Brazil

158

233

369

1,047

1,589

boneless

Egypt

*164

Ireland

3

101

20

5

Uruguay

98

Argentina

41

11

Saudi Arabia

45

Bahrain

24

United States

3

7

Syria

10

Australia

5

Total

166

331

706

1,108

1,622

Fresh or chilled beef

United States

15

carcasses and half carcasses

Kenya

6

Ireland

2

Total

6

2

15

Other bovine meat

Brazil

31

393

819

702

557

prepared or preserved

Ireland

62

80

832

96

107

Argentina

22

58

56

56

Japan

102

United States

17

Bosnia & Herzegovina

2

Romania

1

Total

115

473

1,811

856

738

Edible offal of bovine animals, frozen

Japan

273

Ireland

69

3

Brazil

13

26

Uruguay

34

South Africa

24

Saudi Arabia

8

Egypt

*5

Total

69

326

34

26

Edible offal of bovine animals, fresh or chilled

Ireland

16

Norway

3

New Zealand

1

Total

1

3

16

Other bovine meat

Syria

3

salted, in brine,

dried or smoked

Total

3

Frozen beef

Ireland

2

other cuts with bone in, frozen

Total

2

* CSO has reason to believe that these figures are attributable to consignments of beef exported to Egypt during 2000 and later reimported into Ireland as a result of the existing embargo on all beef imports from EU countries into Egypt.