October 3, 2016


Polish pork exports, imports rise in H1


Polish exports of fresh/frozen pork increased 13% to 219,600 tonnes in the first half, compared with the same period last year, AHDB reported.


Citing data from Eurostat, the pork division of the UK Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board noted that Italy remained the largest importer of Polish pork—although volumes were down 4%-and accounted for just under 15% of all Polish exports.


Shipments to the US and Hong Kong more than doubled on last year's levels during the period under review. Exports to Germany also continued to rise, by 14%.


The increased shipments were supported by the 10% hike in the number of imported live pigs into Poland in the six months to June from the 2015 levels. "This has helped to prop up Polish production, at a time when their breeding herd has declined by 16%", AHDB Pork said.


Poland's imports of fresh/frozen pork in the first half of 2016 slightly increased, by 2%, to 333,700 tonnes compared with the same period last year. This was predominantly driven by a 5% increase in Belgian shipments, while volumes from Denmark were down 12% on the year earlier. German imports largely stood on last year's levels.