Written Answers. - Beef Imports and Exports.

Bernard J. Durkan

Question:

111 Mr. Durkan asked the Taoiseach the number of locations to which Irish beef or beef products were exported in each of the past five years; the quantity in this regard; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5221/00]

Bernard J. Durkan

Question:

116 Mr. Durkan asked the Taoiseach the number of locations from which beef or beef products were imported in each of the past five years; the quantity in this regard; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5227/00]

I propose to take Questions Nos. 111 and 116 together.

The latest month for which information is available is September 1999. The following tables show the number of locations and the volume of beef imports and exports for the years 1995 to 1998 and the nine month period January to September 1999. The imports table shows the top ten countries form which beef is imported. In the case of exports, the top 17 countries are detailed.
Number of Locations of Imports

1995

1996

1997

1998

Jan-Sep 1999

Number

20

33

25

23

20

Main Countries of Beef Imports

1995

1996

1997

1998

Jan-Sep 1999

Country

Tonnes

Tonnes

Tonnes

Tonnes

Tonnes

Great Britain

24,741

11,928

12,911

14,394

11,420

Northern Ireland

18,511

11,279

8,897

8,140

5,441

France

1,496

1,379

1,659

2,206

989

Netherlands

1,355

1,423

1,874

2,183

946

Brazil

72

106

372

347

796

Benelux*

1,425

1,349

1,446

1,027

705

Denmark

417

275

645

404

472

Uruguay

0

47

418

285

180

Germany

459

221

309

366

129

New Zealand

181

276

141

206

121

Other

2,500

2,400

2,155

1,104

765

Total

51,157

30,683

30,827

30,662

21,964

Number of Locations of Exports

1995

1996

1997

1998

Jan-Sep 1999

Number

94

83

72

72

70

Main Countries of Beef Exports

1995

1996

1997

1998

Jan-Sep 1999

Country

Tonnes

Tonnes

Tonnes

Tonnes

Tonnes

Great Britain

86,179

85,736

103,218

87,469

85,108

Egypt

29,030

26,604

56,629

81,846

68,294

Russia

105,117

97,738

50,874

38,628

49,881

France

58,627

32,263

25,626

37,863

35,484

Netherlands

17,903

12,231

13,860

21,315

18,183

Italy

15,827

12,096

15,441

21,970

17,830

Northern Ireland

12,509

14,331

22,448

20,839

13,741

Saudi Arabia

27,742

14,245

22,343

24,869

12,945

Algeria

10,216

20,167

7,099

16,628

9,041

Benelux*

1,033

1,277

1,201

5,354

8,247

Sweden

4,068

5,989

6,953

10,879

7,887

Denmark

14,610

9,162

6,894

5,820

7,762

South Africa

10,104

18,417

23,782

7,922

7,721

Spain

3,944

3,518

3,412

6,496

6,105

Philippines

751

217

381

99

5,979

Israel

10,024

8,037

7,919

10,643

4,924

Germany

9,468

4,104

2,700

5,664

4,419

Other

70,625

30,606

24,604

22,273

19,077

Total

487,777

396,378

395,384

426,577

382,628

*As and from January 1999 Belgium and Luxembourg are accounted for separately.
Note: The ‘other' category includes the remaining countries not shown in the tables and unclassified trade.
Overall, approximately 3% of trade is unclassified by country. The unclassified trade consists of intra-EU estimates.