Fall in French pork exports
In the first half of the year, French pork exports totalled 208,800 tonnes, down by 23,800 tonnes (10%) from the same period a year earlier.
Shipments to France’s main market, Italy, fell by 16% year on year, while exports were down by 15% to the UK and 26% to Spain. Volumes to non-EU countries also fell but exports to China, the largest such market, saw a rise of 7%. The Russian ban continues to have an impact on French trade, with more pork on the European market combined with the rising price of French pork relative to its EU competitors contributing to the decrease in exports. The French pig price has increased more than most others in the EU this year. That said, the unit price of French pork exports was 6% down year on year which contributed to the total value of French exports in the first half of the year falling by 15% to €366.7 million.
The rise in French pig prices is partly because the French government has imposed a target price of €1.40 per kg in response to recent farmer protests. However, last week two of the largest processors boycotted the Breton pig meat auction, saying that the price was too high and made them uncompetitive against imported pork. This led to the auction, which sets a price that is generally followed for the rest of the pigs sold in France, being cancelled. Talks are underway to try and resolve the situation.
French pork imports decreased by 1% for the first half of 2015, compared to the same time last year, to 180,600 tonnes. Spain remained the largest supplier of pork with a small increase in its share. Volumes imported from Germany fell by 5% which was partially offset by France’s third largest supplier Belgium. Again due to a 9% fall in the average unit price, the total value of imports to France in the first half of the year fell by 10% to £422 million.