Dutch exports focus on pork, not pigs
Dutch pork exports were up 11% on the year in the first three months of 2015. However live pig exports fell by a half compared with a year earlier to 1.2 million head.
Dutch pork exports in the first quarter of the year rose by 11% year on year. At 198,000 tonnes, this was the highest level for the first three months of the year since 2011. However, the average unit value of shipments fell by 11%, meaning the overall value of Dutch exports decreased by 1% compared with the first three months of last year, to €358.1 million.
The EU remained the main market for Dutch pork but its share of total exports fell below 80% as the increase in volumes going to EU markets was lower than that to non-EU ones. Italy and Germany were the largest individual country markets for Dutch pork; Italian purchases fell by 1%, while shipments going to Germany increased by 13%. Dutch exports of pork to the UK were up by 25%, making it the third largest market, overtaking Greece, where shipments were down by 8%. Australia was the largest growth market outside of the EU, with volumes more than doubling, overtaking Japan and South Korea as the largest non-EU market.
Live pig exports from the Netherlands were halved compared to the same period in 2014 at 1.2 million head. Shipments of all types of pigs were down in the period, with the sharpest fall being to the export of weaners, which were down 54% at 730,200 head. Shipments of slaughter pigs were also down sharply at 418,300 head, 43% lower on the year, as more pigs were retained for domestic slaughter.