May 25, 2016


China also fuels strong Irish pork export growth in Q1



Irish pork exports in the first quarter grew 19% year-on-year to 44,600 tonnes, largely driven by increased shipments to China, AHDB Pork said, citing data from Central Statistics Office Ireland.


China remained as the second-largest market for Irish fresh and frozen pork, after the UK. During the first three months, Ireland exported 10,600 tonnes to China, up 77%, capitalising on both growing Chinese demand and the increasing Chinese pig price.


Earlier, it was reported that US pork exports in the first quarter rose by 5% to 372,000 tonnes, also largely driven by a hefty increase in pork shipments to China.


Irish pork exports to Denmark also grew significantly (141%), more than double those in the same period last year. "This product is probably intended for re-export, with China the most likely destination", said the pork division of the UK Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board.


Pork imports decreased slightly in the first quarter, compared with the same period last year. While shipments from the UK and Spain increased by 22% and 49%, respectively, decreases in imports from the Netherlands and Denmark subdued overall volumes.


AHDB Pork also noted that Irish producers have been keeping the pressure on major processors against sourcing imported pig meat. This, along with the EU/Irish support package for producers worth £2,600 (US$3,800) per herd, might lead to reduced import levels in the future, it said.-Rick Alberto
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