German exports growing in first six months of the year
Exports of fresh/frozen pork from Germany grew slightly in the first six months of the year, up 4% to 886 thousand tonnes.
This increase was predominantly driven by the booming Chinese trade, which more than doubled to 148 thousand tonnes during the period. Germany remains the largest exporter of pork to China, accounting for one fifth of all shipments during the period January – June 2016. However, its share of the market has fallen from 26% in the same period a year earlier, as other major producing nations all increased the volume of pork they exported to China.
Decreases in shipment volumes were recorded to other EU member states, with only Austria bucking this trend. Italy was still the largest export market for German pork, but volumes were down 6% to 169 thousand tonnes, only 21 thousand tonnes more than Chinese shipments.
German imports of fresh/frozen pork recorded a decrease of 8% during January – June 2016 versus the same period a year earlier. Decreased shipments from Belgium, Denmark and the Netherlands were instrumental in this overall decline. However, increased imports were recorded from Spain and Poland, although smaller absolute volumes of these did not change the overall direction of import volumes.
Vikki Campbell, Senior Analyst
Vikki.Campbell@ahdb.org.uk, 024 7647 8741