Written Answers. - Meat Exports.

Seymour Crawford

Question:

43 Mr. Crawford asked the Taoiseach the number of tonnes of meat which have been exported to Egypt to date in 2002 and for each of the past five years; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [13957/02]

The data requested by the Deputy are presented in the following table.

Tonnage of meat exports to Egypt

1997Tonnes

1998Tonnes

1999Tonnes

2000Tonnes

2001*Tonnes

Jan-Feb 2002Tonnes

Beef (excl. live cattle)

56,556

81,798

110,432

105,375

3,763

0

Lamb

19

0

0

7

0

0

Poultry

0

0

5

17

0

0

Pork

0

57

59

0

0

0

Other

73

71

53

19

0

0

Total

56,648

81,926

110,549

105,418

3,763

0

*This data primarily relate to January 2001 which were late recordings of consignments despatched in December 2000. The CSO has reason to believe that these consignments were later re-imported into Ireland as a result of the embargo on all beef imports from EU countries into Egypt. This view is supported by the 2001 import data as set out in the following supplementary table.
Possible Supplementaries
Tonnage of meat imports from Egypt

1997Tonnes

1998Tonnes

1999Tonnes

2000Tonnes

2001Tonnes

Jan-Feb 2002Tonnes

Beef (excl. live cattle)

747

297

0

0

3,891

0

Lamb

0

0

0

0

0

0

Poultry

0

0

0

0

0

0

Pork

0

0

0

0

0

0

Other

0

0

0

0

0

0

Total

747

297

0

0

3,891

0