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EU pork exports to China up by 88% in volume

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Christian Fernsby ▼ | July 29, 2019
Exports of pork from the European Union have substantially increased mainly due to the continuing effects of African swine fever which is plaguing China.
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At 218,000 tonnes, exports of fresh and frozen pork out of the EU to the world were up 31% in volume and 40% in value in May 2019, compared to the previous year.

The market was worth €548.9 million (£493m), new figures from AHDB Pork shows.

Offal exports for May were up by 19% to 112,000 tonnes, with a 46% increase in value to €149.4 million. This continues trends seen for most of the year so far.

Unsurprisingly, due to the continuing effects of African swine fever, exports of fresh and frozen pork to China were up 88% in volume to 96,500 tonnes, accounting for 44% of EU exports.

Value almost trebled, with average export prices increasing from €1.48/kg last May to €2.09/kg this year.

Offal exports to China were also up around 30% at 70,700 tonnes, with value almost doubling.