Horse Meat?

South Africa imported 80 tonnes of horse meat in 2017, up by 51 percent year-on-year. The key supplier was identified as Brazil. Of the imported horse meat, only 5 tonnes was re-exported to the Maldives and Swaziland, the rest appears to have been utilised within the country.

Looking at trade data, it is unclear whether this was for animal or human consumption.

From a global front, the key importers of horse meat are Italy, Belgium, France, Russia, Vietnam, China and Japan. The leading exporters are Argentina, Canada, Spain, Portugal and Poland amongst others.

Note: Data source: Trade Map, HS code is 0205 (Description – Meat of horses, asses, mules or hinnies, fresh, chilled or frozen)

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Author: Wandile Sihlobo

Wandile Sihlobo is an agricultural economist and head of agribusiness research at the Agricultural Business Chamber (Agbiz) in South Africa. He is a columnist for Business Day and Farmers Weekly magazine. Sihlobo is a member of the South African Agricultural Economics Association. He has previously served as an economist at Grain South Africa. He holds a Master of Science degree in Agricultural Economics from Stellenbosch University.

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