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Highest May UK pork exports since 2000

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The UK’s pork export market performed strongly in May, with shipments up 19% on a year earlier at 16,200 tonnes. At 30,500 tonnes, pork imports in May were only marginally up on the previous year.

The UK’s pork export market performed strongly in May, with shipments up 19% on a year earlier at 16,200 tonnes, the highest May monthly figure since 2000. This came despite a strengthening pound, indicating some preference for UK pork, both on European and international markets. Exports to other EU members increased by 9% but supplies to the leading EU market, Germany, slipped by 12% compared with a year earlier. Shipments to China reached 2,600 tonnes, more than double their level in May 2013 and a swift reversal from the decline in the previous month. UK offal exports, on the other hand, declined by 19% on May 2013. The decline was mainly due to lower shipments to the EU, down from 1,460 tonnes in 2013 to 650 tonnes in 2014. China, however, imported 60% more UK offal, doubling its importance in the UK offal market.

Highest May UK pork exports since 2000

At 30,500 tonnes, pork imports in May were only marginally up on the previous year. There were lower imports from the three main suppliers, Denmark (down 5%), Germany (down 1%) and the Netherlands (down 8%). Together, these three markets represent just under two thirds of UK imports. However, the declines were offset by increases from smaller markets, including Belgium, Spain and France. Partly as a result of the stronger pound, the average import price fell by just over 2%, which brought the total value of supplies down by 2% to £61.3 million. Bacon imports rose by 10% in the month, with higher quantities from Denmark, in particular. Similarly, sausage supplies rose by 5% on May 2013 but imports of other processed pig meat declined by 6% year on year.