Beef exports take a €70m hit from Covid restrictions in EU markets

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Irish beef shipments to key European markets have been severely impacted by Covid-19, with export volumes to some prime markets back as much as 20pc.

Stark figures from Bord Bia for the first eight months of this year show a sharp decline in exports of beef to the UK, France, Germany, Italy and Spain, valued at almost €70m.

The figures show that beef exports to the UK, our largest market, were back 9.4pc from January to August, down €21m, while exports to Spain were back 19.6pc, €6m in value terms. Exports to Italy were back 12.7m in volume terms, worth €17m, while exports to France were back 14.4pc, worth almost €14m.

In total prime beef exports to key European were back almost €70m in value terms.


by Margaret Donnelly

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