Italian pork imports decreasing
Italian pork imports decreased by 7% in the first quarter of 2016, when compared with the same period a year earlier, according to the latest data released from Istat.
Volumes fell to 251 thousand tonnes and the value of these imports also fell during this period, down 15% to €407million, with the average unit price down 9%.
Shipments from Germany, which accounted for more than a third of total volumes, were down 2%, and Danish imports were back by 17%. However, imports from Spain and the Netherlands were up 6% and 11% respectively.
Despite a fall in shipments of fresh/frozen pork to Italy, imports of live pigs in the first quarter increased by 26%, to 428 thousand head. This was driven by a significant increase in Danish imports, which were up 31%, and accounted for almost half of all live pig imports to Italy. Spanish shipments also recorded substantial growth, albeit in smaller numbers, and were up 82% on the same period a year earlier.
Italian pork export volumes are much lower than imports, at 17.4 thousand tonnes in Q1. This was still an increase of 17% on Q1 2015. Although smaller in volumes, exports of processed pork continued to show strong growth. Shipments were up 12% on the year earlier, fuelled by increased exports to Spain, France and Germany.
Vikki Campbell, Senior Analyst
vikki.Campbell@ahdb.org.uk, 024 7647 8741