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Danish pork exports higher despite Russian ban

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Danish pork exports in the first half of this year were up 2% from a year earlier, despite a fall in production and the Russian import ban. Weaner exports continue to rise, contributing to the fall in output.

Danish pork exports in the first half of this year totalled 551,200 tonnes, up 2% from a year earlier. There were higher supplies for the export market, despite a small fall in production, suggesting some weakness in the Danish consumer market. Shipments to the EU increased, whereby Germany remained the main market, taking 5% more Danish pork compared with the first half of 2013. With the exception of Poland, where exports were down by 16%, supplies to the other key EU markets also rose. For example, in the UK and Italy, 2% and 5% more Danish pork was available compared with first half of last year. Amongst the international markets, Denmark further secured its place in the Japanese market, where pork exports increased by 38% on the year before. Shipments to Australia and China rose by a quarter and 18% respectively. The overall growth came despite the loss of the Russian market, which took 34,000 tonnes of Danish pork (6% of total exports) last year. The total value of Danish pork exports in the first half of this year was DKK9.3 billion (€1.24 billion), similar to 2013’s level.

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Live pig exports increased by 13% in the first half of this year compared with January-June 2013, to 5.8 million head. Around 90% of live pigs traded were destined for Germany and Poland. There were 5% more pigs shipped to Germany, while Polish purchases rose by 33% compared with a year earlier. The value of live pig exports totalled DKK3.1 billion (€422 million), up 16% from the previous year. The ongoing growth of the weaner trade contributed to the fall in Danish pig meat production and continues to put pressure on the country’s processing sector.