North America is the only region in the world to record growth in Uruguayan meat imports, due to supply problems in June and July due to cases of COVID-19 contagion in industrial plants."That led to both the United States and Canada increasing their purchases and Uruguay being a major supplier," Mattos said, in an interview with Presidential Communication.
China, which in 2019 required 60% of Uruguayan meat sales, will this year have a 40% drop in product volume, but not in its prices.The average red meat intake in that country is just 6 kilograms per person compared to Uruguay's 50 per capita. "There is a significant range of potential increase in intake and, as people's income, diet and incorporation of animal protein increase," he said.
Mattos valued the strategy of promoting Uruguayan meat in the Chinese market through digital platforms carried out by diplomatic representation in that country, led by Ambassador Fernando Lugris. It also includes the INAC Agricultural Aggregary at the Beijing Embassy.In addition, in the asian capital, the institute will shortly open its own office to promote the product, in addition, in Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, Vietnam, the Philippines and Indonesia.
The circle detailed that changes in international markets due to the coronavirus pandemic will mean a $300 million drop in foreign exchange income to the country, while the work will be reduced by between 13 and 14% at the end of the year."The prospect is that as markets normalize, there will be constant demand from abroad because there is a significant shortage of meat and Uruguay has stock availability," he said.
Government promotes international insertion of Uruguayan meat
The National Meat Institute carries out a coordination strategy with the ministries of Livestock, Foreign Affairs and Economics, called Grupo Procarnes. The aim is to improve international insertion and set the agenda for the next five years for Uruguayan meat, he explained.
This area also addresses the issue of the payment of international tariffs. In 2019, Uruguay paid more than $220 million for this concept, in meat exports alone. Almost 70% of the total tariffs correspond to this item, he said.
"A lot of that money, if we trade it better, can generate value for the Uruguayan chain and improve economic revenue," he explained.