CHINA, for the first time in history, has become Australia’s largest export beef market by volume, surging past traditional big-hitting customers Japan and the United States in trade conducted during July.

The prospect of China assuming the mantle of Australia’s largest beef customer has been looming for much of the past 12 months, with in-month record shipments for the country being set during the earlier stages of 2019.

Last month, China took a record 28,214 tonnes of chilled and frozen Australian beef, about 25 percent higher than the previous month’s record, and twice the size of shipments for the same July period last year, stats released by the Department of Agriculture show. That accounted for almost 25pc of Australia’s total beef export volume last month.

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July beef exports: China officially becomes Australia’s largest export customer