The government decided to authorize the importation of bone-in beef from Brazila measure whose objective is to quickly establish a drop in the prices of this product, basically roast and brisket, in the domestic market.
Alfonso Fontenla, president of the Union of Meat Vendors (UVC), highlighted The Observer what the measure is very positive for the consumer.
“We see it with very good eyes, we have claimed it and it seems very positive to us because we will surely be able to offer the client a quality product and at a lower price than the current one”he indicated.
Fontenla admitted that the drop can go from a floor of 10% to 20%based on current prices: at butcher shops the brisket is now for $200 to $250 a kilo and the roast for $260 to $440values that depend on the qualities, on specific offers and on the sales sites, and there may even be some costs that are somewhat lower or higher.
Cheapest steer in Brazil
Based on data from the portal valorcarne.com.ar, the price of a fat steer in Brazil is US$4.19 per kilo, and that is more than US$1 less than the value of this raw material in Uruguay, where, according to the Association of Livestock Shippers (ACG) the reference for current business is US$ 5.42 per kilo. In Argentina the steer is priced at US$4.58 and in Paraguay at US$3.50 per kilo.
The novelty of the authorization to bring bone-in meat from Brazil was confirmed this Wednesday from the Ministry of Livestock, Agriculture and Fisheries (MGAP), which announced for this Thursday the holding of a press conference in which the details of the authorization will be disclosed.
It was announced that the Minister of Livestock, Fernando Mattos; the director of the Ministry’s Livestock Services, Diego de Freitas; the director of the Animal Health Division, Martín Altuna, and the president of the National Meat Institute (INAC), Conrado Ferber.
De Freitas, in statements to Radio Carve’s Added Value, announced a few days ago that the importation of bone-in beef will be authorized from Brazilian states that have an adequate sanitary status, such as being free of foot-and-mouth disease: Acre, Paraná, Río Grande do Sul and Rondonia, but there are also areas in the states of Amazonas and Mato Grosso.
Import of boneless meat
Based on INAC data, so far in 2022 Uruguay imported 12,524 tons of boneless beef, 24% more than the 10,092 tons in the same period in 2021. The average price paid is US$5,076 per ton, less than the average value at which Uruguay exported beef this year: US$ 5,128 per ton. Of the beef that entered the country so far in 2022 (12,524 tons), 78.5% came from Brazil and 21.5% from Paraguay.
Roasted, one of the best-selling cuts in butcher shops.
The decision to import bone-in meat contemplates a desire not only from butchers, but also from meat importing companies, already authorized to bring boneless cuts to the country, which normally happens from Brazil, Paraguay and, although less so, from Argentina.
Jorge López, director of Abasto Santa Clara, also recently stated on Radio Carve that the public value of popular cuts such as skirt or roast can drop between 15% and 20% per kilo for the consumer.