Danish exports increase in early 2015
In the first three months of 2015, Danish exports of pork increased by 6% year on year to 292,000 tonnes but the total value of exports fell by 5% to DKK4.3 billion (€580 million).
Intra-EU trade increased its share of total exports and other EU countries remained the largest market for Danish exports, with 74% of all shipments from Denmark going to them. Germany was the largest single market for Danish pork but its share of the total fell to 32% as volumes grew more slowly than other countries. Shipments to the next three markets, Poland, Italy and the UK, grew by 12%, 20% and 19% respectively. Exports to non-EU markets increased by 1% despite a decline in volumes going to the largest such market, Japan, where shipments fell by 21% compared to 2014. The main increase in purchases came from Australia, with volumes up 60% year on year, and smaller Asian markets such as South Korea and Taiwan. Shipments to China fell by 4%.
The first three months of 2015 have continued recent trends when it comes to Danish live pig exports. Numbers were up by 15% as Danish producers look to export increased numbers of weaners to other countries where they can be finished more cheaply. During the quarter, over 3.2 million pigs were exported, with 96% being weaners. Germany remained the largest importer of Danish live pigs, with numbers up by 9%. However, Poland remains the major growth market, with shipments increasing by over a third. Following the falls seen in the deadweight trade and the subsequent fall in the weaner price, the overall value of Danish live pig exports fell by 8%.