First quarter figures show higher Dutch exports
Dutch pork exports in the first quarter of this year rose by 4% on a year earlier. In contrast, live pig exports came down by 4% in the first quarter of this year, compared with a year earlier, at 2.4 million head.
Dutch pork exports in the first quarter of this year rose by 4% on a year earlier. At, 176,900 tonnes, this was also above the level in January-March 2012. Most of the pork was shipped to the EU, with just under a fifth destined for non-EU markets. The value of exports in the first quarter reached €358 million, up by almost 1% on a year earlier. Despite the higher volumes shipped out, a 3% drop in the export price reduced the overall value of pork exports.
The largest shares of the pork exports were destined for Italy, Germany and Greece and, of the three, Italy was the only country that took higher volumes from the Dutch (up 1%). In contrast, supplies to Germany and Greece fell by 8% and 10% respectively. As such, the overall increase in trade was a result of higher requirements from other relatively smaller EU and non-EU markets which account for the remaining 56% of trade. For example, volumes shipped to the UK and Poland increased by 9% and 19% respectively.
In contrast, live pig exports came down by 4% in the first quarter of this year, compared with a year earlier, at 2.4 million head. Germany is the dominant buyer of Dutch pigs and took 3% fewer. With the exception of Belgium and Spain, fewer live Dutch pigs were shipped to most other export markets too. Weaner exports actually rose 7% but this was more than offset by a 16% drop in slaughter pig shipments, most of which were destined for Germany. Given this shift and some drop in prices, the value of live pig supplies fell by 16% to around €225 million.