May 30, 2017


EU pig meat exports up 3% in Q1, supported by alternative Asian markets


EU exports of pig meat products (including offal) to third countries (non-EU member states) grew by 5% year-on-year in the first quarter, according to latest figures from the European Commission as compiled by AHDB Pork.


The pork division of the UK Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board said that an increase in shipments of fresh/frozen pork was the main driver behind the overall rise in exports of pig meat.


A rise in demand for pig meat from Hong Kong (+12%), Japan (+9%) and South Korea (+38%), was also noted. It outweighed a year-on-year decline in volumes shipped to the EU's largest destination, China (-3%).


Shipments of fresh/frozen pork were 9% higher than in the first quarter of 2016, with volumes to both Hong Kong and South Korea increasing by around a third year-on-year. Exports to the US were also up 13%, while Japan showed a more modest 4% growth. Conversely, shipments to China were down 2% compared with the same period in 2016.


Offal exports were affected by a slowdown in Chinese demand (-4%), with the Philippines also taking 14% less. However, the decline in total offal shipments was negligible during the first quarter. Volumes exported to Japan more than doubled, while shipments to South Korea were up 67% compared with the first quarter last year.
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