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September EU pork exports robust

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EU pork exports in September rose by 1% compared with a year earlier, to 141,800 tonnes, only the second monthly increase since the Russian import ban was imposed. Exports to all other key markets recorded increases.

EU pork exports in September rose by 1% compared with a year earlier, to 141,800 tonnes, only the second monthly increase since the Russian import ban was imposed. Exports to all other key markets recorded increases. Volumes to China/Hong Kong were up by 5% year on year, although less pork was shipped direct to the mainland. Shipments to Japan rose by 18% compared with September 2013, while growth in many other markets was even more dramatic. South Korea emerged as an important market to EU exports, accounting for a tenth of the total and supplies more than doubled in the month. The Philippines and Australia also bought twice as much EU pork as last year. Tight supplies in the US have helped boost demand for EU pork and, as such, volumes shipped there were up by 71%. The value of total EU pork exports in September was down by almost 2% compared with the same month last year, at €329.9 million.

EU Pig Meat Exports

EU pig offal exports performed strongly, as volumes rose by 13% year on year to 103,800 tonnes. As always, offals were mainly destined for the Asian markets.  However, the increase was largely driven by a 31% rise in exports to China, while shipments to Hong Kong came down by 13%. There has been more focus on the Philippines recently and September figures show volumes more than doubled compared with last year. The value of offal exports rose by 12% in the latest month, to €125.8 million.