does india export beef to other countries

About 1.42 million metric tons of Carcass Weight Equivalent (CWE) of beef and veal were exported from India in 2023. The CWE of beef and veal is likely to be 1.46 million metric tons in 2024, and stood third in terms of production volume in the world.

Since the late 2000s, India has rapidly increased its beef exports—specifically water buffalo meat, also known as carabeef—narrowly overtaking Brazil as the world’s largest beef exporter in 2014. Recent ERS research shows that India’s beef exports grew from an average of 0.31 million tons during 1999-2001 to an estimated 2.1 million tons during 2013-15, or about 12 percent annually. Over the same period, India increased its share of world beef exports from just 5 percent to about 21 percent. Although the U.S. share of global beef exports declined from 18 percent to 11 percent during this period, the decline does not appear to stem from increased competition from India, as Indian beef suppliers serve distinctly different market segments from those targeted by U.S. exporters.

The rapid expansion in India’s beef exports has been driven by three main factors. First, global demand for India’s relatively low-cost water buffalo meat is strong, particularly among low- and middle-income countries in Asia and the Middle East. The United States and most other developed-country beef exporters primarily supply higher cost beef products that target higher income markets and consumers. The relatively low price of Indian beef reflects perceived quality differences: it is buffalo rather than cattle meat, it is produced primarily from culled dairy animals, and it cannot meet the stricter sanitary and phytosanitary standards common in more advanced markets.

Second is the size of India’s water buffalo herd which is, by far, the world’s largest. The herd is prized for dairy production but is mostly underexploited for meat production because of low domestic consumer preference for beef by a majority of Indian consumers. Third, the development of private, export-oriented slaughter and packing firms in several Indian States is enabling the successful transport and processing of animals and marketing of products to the specifications of a diverse set of export markets. While exports of cattle beef are banned for religious reasons, buffalo do not hold the same religious significance to most Indians, and buffalo slaughter is legal throughout India.

Analysis of India’s capacity to sustain growth in buffalo meat exports is limited by a lack of reliable data. USDA projections suggest continued strong growth in import demand in most of the markets served by Indian beef suppliers, but assumptions based on past calf-rearing and feeding practices suggest that Indian production could fall below current USDA projections by about 2020. If producers or processors respond to the commercial opportunity now afforded by the export market by rearing more male buffalo calves and/or increasing feeding to boost low slaughter weights, production and export growth may be sustained.

Brazil was the largest beef exporter in the world in 2020 followed by Australia, the United States, India and Argentina. Rob Cook | Published on:Jan 13, 2024

Ranking Of Countries That Export The Most Beef (USDA)

Brazil was the largest beef exporter in the world in 2020 followed by Australia, the United States, India and Argentina. (Beef exports in India include carabeef).

Seven (7) countries exported more than 1 billion pounds of beef in 2020: Brazil, Australia, the United States, India, Argentina, New Zealand and Canada.

Brazil accounted for roughly 24% of the worlds beef exports in 2020.

About 1.42 million metric tons of Carcass Weight Equivalent (CWE) of beef and veal were exported from India in 2023. The CWE of beef and veal is likely to be 1.46 million metric tons in 2024, and stood third in terms of production volume in the world.

FAQ

Is beef exported from India?

Beef: India exported 1.5 million metric tons of beef and veal in 2022 and is expected to maintain the same volume in 2023, ranking third in the world in production volume.

Which country is the biggest exporter of beef?

Brazil is the world’s largest exporter of beef. China and Hong Kong are major markets for Brazil accounting for about half of its beef exports by volume. Like Brazil, Argentina sends the majority of its beef exports to China. Australia is the world’s second largest exporter of beef.

Which countries import meat from India?

Meat on Tradologie The Indian meat is imported worldwide, however major importers are vietnam, malaysia, egypt, arab, iraq and saudi-arbia. We bring you the most convenient route to bulk procurement of the Meat, directly from the consecrated meat extractors from India.

Is India a supplier of beef?

India is the remaining top four beef exporter with steady exports expected in 2023. India exports large quantities of water buffalo meat (carabeef) to low-end markets in Indonesia and Malaysia.

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