News From : DagangHalal.com (21 Sep 2009)
IN the 2008-09 financial year, Australia exported an estimated 187,671 tonnes (shipped weight) of certified halal red meat products, up more than 17 percent year-on-year.
The trade is valued at $673 million and represents more than 10pc of the total value of Australia’s red meat exports.
These figures do not include halal shipments to countries where certification is not a requirement, such as the US, Japan, the UK and Korea.
Australia’s certified halal markets span the globe, with the lion’s share being within the Middle East/North Africa and South East Asian regions.
However, there are emerging countries such as Bosnia Herzegovina, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Mauritius and the Maldives that also require halal certification for red meat imports.
With the Muslim population continuing to increase by nearly 2pc per annum, representing the most populous religion in the world with about two billion followers, Australia’s halal red meat exports are also expected to continue to grow with this increasing demand.