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Dutch pig exports decline in first half of 2014

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During the first two quarters of 2014, Dutch pork exports were slightly behind the previous year. Live pig exports were down 15% in the first half of the year, compared to the previous year, to 4.3 million head.

During the first two quarters of 2014, Dutch pork exports were slightly behind the previous year. At 339,300 tonnes, they were 1% below the level in January-June 2013 and 6% below the same period in 2012. The majority of the pork was exported within the EU, with less than 21% destined for non-EU markets. The total value of the exports during the first half of the year reached €714 million, down less than 1% from a year earlier. This is because of the unit value of pork shipments remaining static on the year at €2,100 per tonne. 

The main shipment destinations were Italy, Germany and Greece, which between them accounted for 42% of all Dutch pork exports.  During the first half of 2014, volumes were down in each of these countries, particularly in Greece, where volumes fell 21% on the year. In addition, exports to Italy and Germany fell 3% and 8% respectively. Larger export volumes to non-EU markets offset these declines; Japan imported nearly twice as much Dutch pork on the year. Several other non-EU countries took greatly increased volumes, offsetting the loss of trade with Russia, Holland’s largest non-EU market last year.

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Live pig exports were down 15% in the first half of the year, compared to the previous year, to 4.3 million head. The key driver behind this was the 17% fall in Dutch pigs to Germany, a drop of over 600,000 head on the year, with both weaners and slaughter pigs affected. In contrast, exports to Spain were well up, with 25% more pigs being exported to the country during the first 6 months of this year and an increase of just under 250,000 head since the same period in 2012. The value of live pig supplies fell in line with the volume decreases, by 16%, to €431 million.