March 24, 2014


Poland's 2013 poultry meat exports up 9% on-year



In 2013, Polish meat industry players have posted improved export sales as local firms exported 699,000 tonnes of poultry meat, up 9% compared with a year earlier, according to data from the state-run Agricultural Market Agency (ARR).


Meanwhile, the country's beef meat industry increased its export sales by 3% to 344,000 tonnes.


Chicken meat dominated Poland's poultry exports, with 482,000 tonnes, which represented an increase of 12% from 2012. Polish turkey meat exports decreased by 7% to 133,000 tonnes, while export sales of non-traditional types of poultry, including goose, duck and guinea fowl meat, reported a robust 44% increase to 27,000 tonnes. In addition to this, the country's meat industry players exported 42,000 tonnes of processed poultry products, up 22% over 2012, and 15,000 tonnes of live poultry, an increase of 26%.


Moreover, Poland's poultry meat imports were also up last year, totalling 96,000 tonnes of poultry meat imported to the Polish market, compared with some 84,000 tonnes in 2012. As a result, the country's trade balance for the poultry meat market increased to €1.106 billion (US$1.5 billion) for 2013, according to the ARR, which based its report on figures obtained from the country's Central Statistical Office (GUS).


As much as 90% of Poland's beef meat output is intended for export sales, according to the report. Despite this, 28,000 tonnes of various beef meat products were imported to the Polish market last year, a significant increase from 23,000 tonnes a year earlier.


According to the report, Polish beef meat is price-competitive on the EU market, which is a beneficial factor to the rise in export sales. In 2013, the rise in domestic consumption decreased Poland's beef meat trade balance to €965 million (US$1.3 million), a decrease of 1% compared with a year earlier.


An average Pole consumed 71.7 kilogrammes of meat in 2012, including 1.8 kilogrammes of beef and 26.6 kilogrammes of poultry, according to data released by the GUS. This means beef and poultry represented 2.5% and 37.1% of the total meat consumption in Poland, respectively.