Dutch exports back slightly, although Chinese shipments remain in growth
Overall Dutch fresh/frozen pork export volumes were back 1% relative to last year during the first half of 2016, at 419 thousand tonnes.
The value of these exports fell in line with volume, with average unit prices remaining static overall.
Although the EU remains the largest destination for Dutch pork, its market share has fallen from 80% in the first half of 2015, to 66% during the same period this year. Decreases in shipments to Germany were particularly significant, with volumes down 20%. Exports were also down to other key European countries, including the UK and Poland, who showed volume decreases of 20% and 18% respectively.
The Dutch export market is increasingly growing its non-EU trade and has been capitalising on the currently strong demand for pork from China. Export volumes to China have increased more than five times on the first half of 2015 to 70,000 tonnes. With 17% of the total export market share, China has now overtaken Italy to be the largest individual country market.
Dutch live pig exports were significantly back in the first half of 2016, down 35% to 2.7 million head. Making up 70% of the market, the 28% fall in demand from Germany, compared to the same period last year, was particularly influential.
Import volumes were significantly lower than export volumes between January and June 2016, and were back on the previous year by 20% at 74,000 tonnes. This decrease was largely attributable to the primary supplier Germany reducing shipment volumes by 17%, though a 38% decrease in volumes from the second largest supplier, Belgium, was also significant.
Bethan Wilkins, Trainee Analyst
Bethan.Wilkins@ahdb.org.uk, 024 7647 8757