June 7, 2021

Portugal's pig and pork exports increase 20.1% and 39.3% respectively in Q1



In the first quarter of 2021, Portugal's exports of live pigs and pork rose by 20.1% and 39.3%, respectively, in the first quarter of 2021, compared to the same period in 2020.


Spain is mainly the key destination for Portugal's live pigs and pork.


Portugal's export of live pigs, either for slaughter or as piglets for finishing, increased from 120,466 head to 144,699 head (+24,233 head). This corresponds to about 12,000 head per week being shipped out of the country.


In the same period, Portugal increased its exports of pork by 18,125.6 tonnes compared to the same period in 2020 (13,013.7 tonnes). Frozen pork sales grew by 90.1%, from 5,991.9 tonnes last year to 11,387.8 tonnes in 2021, strongly influenced by exports to Southeast Asia, mainly China.


As for fresh and refrigerated pork, there was a 10.9% increase compared to 2020, from 3,749.6 tonnes to 4,156.6 tonnes. Offal sales decreased by 21.1%, from 3,272.2 tonnes 2020 to 2,581.2 tonnes in 2021.


- Newsletter SIMA (Portugal)