The latest figures revealed by the European Commission show that the EU imported 158,000t of beef from outside in the first half of 2019. This is actually down 3.6% on 2018 and reflects the fact that the EU beef market has been sluggish this year.

The Mercosur countries have increased their share of EU beef imports, with Brazil leading on supplying 64,328t or 40.7% of all beef imported by the EU in the first half of the year. They were followed by Argentina on 35,554t or 22.5% and then Uruguay 24,159t, which is 15.3% of EU beef imports.