Dutch exports down in the first quarter
Export volumes of fresh/frozen pork were down in the first quarter of 2016, by 8%, to 185 thousand tonnes.
A reduction in shipment volumes to Germany, back 31%, were a driving force behind this movement. Export volumes were increased to Italy and Greece, by 3% and 22% respectively. Shipments to China increased five-fold in Q1 versus the same period a year earlier. While export volumes were back 8% in Q1, the value of these exports was only down 4%. The average unit price in Germany and China increased versus the same period a year earlier, by 16% and 2%.
While export volumes of fresh/frozen pork to Germany were down, exports of live pigs to Germany were up 33% in Q1, and accounted for three quarters of the total 1.25 million head of live pigs exported from the Netherlands during this period. With the German pig herd declining, demand for live pigs for finishing and processing in Germany has increased.
Although export volumes far exceeded import volumes in Q1, import volumes were still back in this period when compared with the year earlier. Shipments from Germany and Belgium were down 7% and 33% respectively, and Germany accounted for almost two-thirds of all Dutch imports. Albeit from a smaller base, import volumes increased from both France (9%) and Denmark (43%).
Vikki Campbell, Senior Analyst
vikki.Campbell@ahdb.org.uk, 024 7647 8741