August 23, 2018
UK pork exports, imports decline in June
Decreased export volumes to a number of key destinations drove overall UK exports of fresh/frozen pork to decline 7% year-on-year in June to 16,700 tonnes.
Data from Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC) also showed that export value of the June exports also fell, even more drastically by 9% year-on-year to £22.6 million, as average price declined 2% to £1.35 per kilogramme, AHDB Pork reports.
Shipments to key destinations China and Hong Kong both recorded notable declines, with exports down 19% (-630 tonnes) and 58% (-550 tonnes), respectively. Trade with Denmark and the Netherlands was also considerably lower than in June 2017, altogether falling by 1,140 tonnes.
However, there were markets that registered growth, including Ireland, where shipments in June totalled 3,300 tonnes (+9% year-on-year); Germany, 3,100 tonnes (+10%); the US, 790 tonnes (+36%).
Some smaller markets also recorded a strong positive performance in June, including Poland, to which shipments increased by 290 tonnes, and Japan (+300 tonnes).
UK imports of fresh/frozen pork remained largely unchanged in June, compared with the previous year, totalling 40,900 tonnes.
Increased imports from Germany (+1,300 tonnes), Belgium (+670 tonnes) and Denmark (+360 tonnes) offset notable declines from Spain (-940 tonnes) and the Netherlands (-670 tonnes).
As average import prices fell 12% year-on-year to £1.89/kg, the value of pork imports fell correspondingly to £77.4 million.