September 6, 2022
UK red meat exports to Asia increase
Asia has remained a significant market for UK red meat exports throughout the first half of 2022, significantly boosting the red meat industry's value, the UK Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) reported.
China continues to be the biggest importer of pork from the UK, with exports valued at nearly GBP 88 million (~US$101 million; GBP 1 = US$1.16) so far this year, according to the most recent data from Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC), despite an ease in shipments as a result of a number of market challenges.
More than half of the 108,294 tonnes of pork exported to non-EU nations between January and June were imported by China, followed by the Philippines, which has overtaken the UK as the third-largest importer of pork in the world.
In the first half of the year, shipments to the Philippines had a value of GBP 25.9 million (~US$29.9 million), an increase of 14.8% over the same period in 2017. In order to facilitate the crucial business to business meetings with top importers, AHDB organised the first commercial mission to the Philippines in May, hosting nine UK exporters in Manila.
Japan is also emerging as a significant export market for the UK's red meat industry, with shipments of both beef and pork significantly up from the previous year.
Beef shipments have been steadily rising since securing market access in 2019, with GBP 9.2 million (~US$10.63 million) worth of exports in the first half of 2022, up from GBP 2.8 million (~US$3.24 million). Shipments of pork have increased as well, with exports totaling almost GBP 3.2 million (~US$3.7 million)
Jonathan Eckley, AHDB head of exports, said despite many obstacles on the international stage this year, the UK's red meat sector continues to find the Asian markets to be a hugely valuable market. Even though exports to some nations may be quite low in volume, these markets are crucial for addressing the carcase balance issue and utilising cuts that are less popular in the UK but have high value in the Far East.
He said they will continue to collaborate with the government and levy payers to expand the region and open more new markets in the Far East. This will include attending trade shows to promote the premium red meat that we produce in the UK.
- UK Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board