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German exports weaken in January to June

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The latest half year figures from Statistics Germany recorded a 4% year-on-year decline in pork exports, to 823,100 tonnes, despite lower domestic consumption. At 492,400 tonnes, German pork imports also weakened in the first half of this year, down by 1% compared with the previous year.

The latest half year figures from Statistics Germany recorded a 4% year-on-year decline in pork exports, to 823,100 tonnes, despite lower domestic consumption. This was partly a result of a 2% fall in domestic production during the same period. In addition to this, there was a lower requirement from some non-EU markets, notably China and Russia, which added to the overall decline. However, it is worth nothing that pork exports were particularly high in the first half of last year and the latest figures only showed a marginal fall compared with the January to June period in 2012.

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Just over a fifth of the German pork was destined for the Italian market, as volumes increased by 9% in the first half of the year compared with 2013. The other leading markets include Poland and the Netherlands and exports to these destinations decreased by 9% and 19% respectively. Higher domestic production and increased competition from Belgium reduced Polish import demand, particularly as its exports were hit by the ASF outbreak. With the loss of the Russian market and lower shipments to China, non-EU exports relied on growth in some smaller markets. Trade with several Asian markets, including South Korea, the Philippines and Japan, strengthened in the latest bi-annual period, as shipments to all three doubled compared with 2013.

At 492,400 tonnes, German pork imports also weakened in the first half of this year, down by 1% compared with the previous year. Denmark replaced Belgium as the primary supplier of pork, with a 5% increase on a year earlier. In contrast, exports of processed products rose by 6%, while sausage shipments to the UK increased by 15% in the January to June period.