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Polish exports lower but imports higher

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Despite the imposition of trade restrictions by a number of countries following the discovery of two ASF cases in the country, Polish exports were only down 6% in the first quarter of 2014. During the quarter, Poland imported 4% more pork compared with the same period in 2013.

Despite the imposition of trade restrictions by a number of countries following the discovery of two ASF cases in the country, Polish exports were only down 6% in the first quarter of 2014. Shipments in January were up 20% on the year but by March they were back more than a quarter, following the loss of markets such as Belarus, Russia, Japan and China. This was mitigated by growth of 21% in exports to other EU countries during the three months, led by Italy, Germany and Slovakia. This was helped by a 4% year-on-year fall in the average price of these shipments.

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During the first quarter, Poland imported 4% more pork compared with the same period in 2013. The stronger import requirement came despite higher domestic production in Poland, suggesting increasing demand for pork. Higher imports were mainly a result of an 11% increase in supplies in January, after which trade weakened in February and March. Germany and Denmark were the only key suppliers that recorded a reduction in pork deliveries to Poland. Belgium displaced Denmark as the second largest source, with imports up 14% year on year. Despite higher volumes imported in the first quarter, a small fall in the import price meant that the total value reached just above €300 million (up 2% year on year).

Imports of live pigs continued to rise; at 1.2 million head in the first three months of this year, the total was 14% higher compared with the same period in 2013. The majority of the imports were sourced from Denmark and Germany, the former mostly weaners while the majority from the latter were slaughter pigs.