French exports increase slightly in Q1
According to the latest figures released via French Customs, pork exports from France increased by 5% to 115.4 thousand tonnes in Q1 2016, when compared with the same period a year earlier.
This growth was driven by an increase in Chinese shipments, which were up four-fold, to 21.8 thousand tonnes. France, like many other major exporters, has capitalised on the growing Chinese pork demand and increased shipment volumes throughout the first quarter of 2016. Growth in exports to other Asian countries was also recorded, albeit in smaller actual terms, with the exception of South Korea. French shipments to fellow EU member states decreased by 10% in Q1 on a year earlier, with decreasing volumes exported to Italy (-29%) and the United Kingdom (-3%) driving this downturn.
Imports recorded a significant decrease in Q1 2016 versus a year earlier. They were down 19% to just over 75 thousand tonnes. Volumes were down from all the main supplying countries, with Spanish shipments reduced by 17% and German ones down by 45%. This may be partly due to increasing pressure from French farmers, encouraging consumers to buy French produce in preference to imports.
Vikki Campbell, Senior Analyst
vikki.Campbell@ahdb.org.uk, 024 7647 8741