Written Answers. - Lamb Imports and Exports.

Bernard J. Durkan

Question:

112 Mr. Durkan asked the Taoiseach the number of locations to which Irish lamb was exported in each of the past five years; the quantity in this regard; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5222/00]

Bernard J. Durkan

Question:

114 Mr. Durkan asked the Taoiseach the number of locations from which lamb or lamb 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. [5224/00]

I propose to take Questions Nos. 112 and 114 together.

The latest month for which information is available is September 1999. The following tables show the number of locations and the volume of lamb 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 from which lamb is imported. In the case of exports the top 13 countries are detailed.

Number of Locations of Imports

1995

1996

1997

1998

Jan-Sep 1999

Number

5

7

9

10

10

Quantity of Lamb Imports

1995

1996

1997

1998

Jan-Sep 1999

Country

Tonnes

Tonnes

Tonnes

Tonnes

Tonnes

Great Britain

184

775

627

943

673

New Zealand

84

116

687

721

389

Northern Ireland

155

61

54

35

13

Australia

39

77

2

24

8

Chile

0

0

0

0

11

France

0

0

20

25

3

Italy

0

1

0

0

3

Netherlands

0

30

0

22

1

Spain

0

0

23

2

0

Sweden

0

0

23

0

0

Other

10

9

13

22

3

Total

472

1,069

1,449

1,795

1,104

Number of Locations of Exports

1995

1996

1997

1998

Jan-Sep 1999

Number

16

17

23

19

15

Quantity of Lamb Exports

1995

1996

1997

1998

Jan-Sep 1999

Country

Tonnes

Tonnes

Tonnes

Tonnes

Tonnes

France

42,918

44,912

33,980

39,495

29,190

Germany

5,260

5,391

3,956

6,157

2,612

Great Britain

7,005

9,536

6,260

4,172

3,262

Benelux*

1,528

2,055

1,618

2,303

2,043

Italy

2,373

1,572

1,446

789

1,020

Northern Ireland

281

418

690

804

670

Spain

1,524

1,318

746

1,523

595

Portugal

2,077

1,746

758

1,154

361

Sweden

100

286

222

146

287

Austria

20

128

55

93

139

Denmark

182

304

110

263

123

Netherlands

248

121

97

63

65

Switzerland

0

127

14

15

19

Other

192

45

172

75

12

Total

63,708

67,957

50,124

57,052

40,398

*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.
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