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Strong year for UK meat exports

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Staff Writer | February 14, 2018
Exports of red meat products from the UK surpassed the £1.2 billion mark in 2017, according to the latest figures from HMRC.
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The data shows shipments of beef, lamb and pork topped £1bn from January to December last year. And a 2 per cent rise in red meat offal exports pushed the total for all three sectors well above £1.2 billion in value.

Figures show that exports to non-EU countries have remained strong, with beef exports to third countries increasing by almost a fifth to just over 14,300 tonnes. This has resulted in an 11 per cent rise in the total value for UK beef exports, to £409 million.

The Asian market continues to be a key focus for meat exports with a 230 per cent increase in the volume of high-value, chilled beef exported to Hong Kong in the last year, more than triple the value of the market just two years ago.

Total pork exports have remained strong in 2017 – up 4.8 per cent on the previous year to 216,000 tonnes with a value of £293 million. Both EU and non-EU shipments increased last year – building on a record-breaking year for pork exports in 2016.