June 10, 2021


AHDB analysts report mixed performance for UK meat and dairy exports post-Brexit


Export figures reveal a mixed picture of performance across UK's meat and dairy sectors post-Brexit, according to AHDB analysts, Farmers Weekly reported.

The latest data from Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs covered dairy, beef, lamb and pork exports up to March.


The post-Brexit decline in beef exports continued in March, with shipments down by about 30%. March exports of fresh and frozen beef were 8,600 tonnes, down 30% year-on-year from 2020.

Shipments to the EU fell 35% to 6,200 tonnes, mostly due to a sharp decline of 67% in sales to the Netherlands, or 2,300 tonnes less beef.

Exports to non-EU countries during March also dropped by 14% to 2,500 tonnes, with declines to Japan, China, Canada and Ghana.



All UK dairy product exports to the EU climbed month-on-month in March 2021, but compared to last year, most categories are significantly down.

According to dairy analyst Kat Jack, the month-on-month increase suggests some of the post-Brexit teething problems are being worked through. However, she added that extra checks and paperwork continued to cause difficulty for exporters.


Overall UK exports of pork and offal for March were 13% higher than in 2020, at 37,800 tonnes.

The increase was mostly driven by exports outside the EU. These shipments were 40% higher than in 2020, with the Philippines accounting for the largest increase of ninefold. Exports to China rose 13% to 11,500 tonnes.

In contrast, exports to European countries recorded a fall of 17% in March 2021 compared to 2020. Exports to Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands and Denmark were hardest hit.