Danish and Dutch exports expanding
In contrast to last year’s trend, total Danish pork exports were up 2% on the year between January and September 2014.
In contrast to last year’s trend, total Danish pork exports were up 2% on the year, totalling 827,980 tonnes between January and September 2014, despite a small fall in production. However, due to unit price cuts across all the key markets, the value of shipments fell by over 1% to just under DKK14 billion (€1.88 billion) in the first three quarters of the year. This reflects trends in finished pig prices, with values in 2014 averaging 13 euro cents per kg lower than last year. Increasing volumes of pork were exported to Germany (up 3%) and Italy (8%), while beyond the EU, Japan received 27% more pork, China 5%, Australia 54%, and the United States 34% more. This helped to offset the loss of the Russian market, which accounted for 7% of Danish exports last year. Poland also took 11% less pork from Denmark, as it continued to increase its purchases of Danish weaners instead.
According to Danish figures, pork exports to the UK were subject to stepped increases over the first nine months of the year, with a peak of around 9,800 tonnes in July; they reached just over 81,000 tonnes for the period as a whole, 13% more than a year earlier. However, this conflicts with UK import data which show a fall in shipments during the same period. Demark shipped 6% less bacon to the UK, contributing to a 5% decrease in Danish bacon exports overall. Processed pig meat exports to the UK were also lower.
The Netherlands also increased pork export volumes in the first three quarters of 2014, by 7% on the year to 574,000 tonnes. Italy maintained its leading position, increasing shipments by 13% as its own production diminished. Germany, however, took marginally less than the previous year, as did Greece. The UK continues to rely on Dutch pork to meet part of its demand, receiving an increase in volumes of 17% (although UK figures show a more modest rise). Exports to numerous Asian markets also increased on the year as demand continues to develop, more than offsetting the loss of last year’s limited sales to Russia. Growth markets included Japan, Korea, Taiwan and China. Despite a 3% fall in unit price overall, the value of exports was still 4% higher than a year earlier at €1.21 billion.