UK pork trade higher in first month of 2019Christian Fernsby ▼ | March 25, 2019
UK pork trade in 2019 got off to a flying start, with both exports and imports increasing year on year.
Britain Fresh/frozen pork recorded the largest increase in volume terms
Total pig meat exports (excl. offal) in January were up 8.5% compared to a year earlier to total 21,500 tonnes.
Fresh/frozen pork recorded the largest increase in volume terms, up 1,200 tonnes to total 18,200 tonnes.
Exports to China have recorded significant increases, up 72% to total 4,500 tonnes and this was the second largest market in volume terms.
Shipments to the UK’s largest pig meat market, Ireland, were up 8% to total 5,300 tonnes.
There have been notable declines in shipments to Denmark, down 59% to total 1,000 tonnes.
Offal exports in January were also up, by 18% to over 7,000 tonnes.
China is the largest market for UK offal exports, and deliveries were up by 38% to total 3,300 tonnes.
Exports to China have likely been picking up as African Swine Fever continues to prove problematic for the country.
Total pig meat imports were also up in both value and volume.
Imports for January totalled 76,500 tonnes (+5%) with a value of £187.2 million (+3%).
Fresh/frozen pork and bacon categories have driven the increase, up 16% and 8% respectively.
Meanwhile, processed hams & shoulders were down 17% (-2,200 tonnes).
Shipments from Denmark and Germany were both higher compared to a year earlier while deliveries from the Netherlands fell slightly (300 tonnes). ■