Strong year for UK meat exportsStaff 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.
Food trade Exports of red meat products
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. ■