Danish pork exports record slight decline
Danish pork exports for the first quarter of 2016 recorded a slight decline, down 6% to 273 thousand tonnes, on the same period a year earlier.
At the same time, the value of these exports fell by just under 9%, to €528 million. This was due to the average price falling by just under 3%. The EU remained the largest market for Danish exports, and a 14% fall in export volumes here assisted in bringing down the overall export levels. Only exports to the UK recorded a rise, up 1%, while shipment levels to Germany, Poland and Italy fell by 14%, 11% and 19% respectively.
Exports to non-EU markets grew in the first quarter of 2016 versus the year earlier, up 15% to 87 thousand tonnes. This growth was predominantly due to shipment levels to China more than doubling in that period. Japanese shipments also recorded a modest growth, while exports to Australia and the United States both recorded a 4% decrease on 2015 levels.
Danish live pig exports fell back slightly in the first quarter of 2016, by 2% to 3.1 million head. 9% fewer pigs were shipped to Germany, while Polish levels remained largely static. The introduction of the Country of Origin Labelling (COOL) regulations in the EU in April 2015 may have had an effect on the volume of live trade.
Vikki Campbell, Senior Analyst
vikki.Campbell@ahdb.org.uk, 024 7647 8741