THE impact of BSE in the US has seen a 40 per cent rise in Australian beef exports to Japan for the month of January.
While Australian beef exports declined 11pc overall in January, exports to Japan had risen to 23,700 tonnes, a 40pc increase on January last year.
The Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) figures indicated beef exports to the US were down by 25pc to 13,770.
Meat and Livestock Australia said the decline in Australian beef exports to the US was due to more competitively priced domestic beef becoming available after most export markets banned US beef.
The US announced it had a case of BSE in December.
Exporters were diverting product to other markets, particularly Japan, which had a shortage of beef after its ban on US product.
Meanwhile there was a seventh consecutive monthly fall in beef exports to Korea with exports to Canada, Mexico and the Philippines also falling in January.
Beef exports to Taiwan rose 17pc to 1754t.