Italian pork imports down, but live trade increasing
Volumes of fresh/frozen pork imported into Italy fell by 6%, relative to 2015 during the first half of the year, to 481,800 tonnes.
Significant declines were seen in shipments from Denmark and France, which were down 18% and 27% respectively. The dominant importer, Germany, also reported volumes down 2% on the previous year. In contrast, Spain and the Netherlands somewhat counteracted the general trend, with volumes respectively rising by 7% and 1% on the same period last year.
Import value was down ahead of volume, falling 13% on the first six months of 2015, to €808 million. This reflects a 7% decrease in the average unit price paid during this period.
Conversely, the live import market has grown year-on-year in the first half of 2016, with numbers up 21% to 841,000 head. Around half of these pigs came from Denmark, who showed a 10% increase in shipments.
Though from a small base, pork export volumes increased during the first six months of this year by 36%, to 43,000 tonnes. Shipments to Hong Kong more than doubled, while the Japanese market also showed growth of over 30%. May and June saw export volumes increase by 70% on 2015, as export volumes to a number of Eastern European countries expanded significantly.
Exports of Italian hams also showed growth, up 15% on the first half of 2015 to 13,600 tonnes. The Spanish market continued to grow significantly, with Spain now accounting for a quarter of shipments.
Bethan Wilkins, Trainee Analyst
Bethan.Wilkins@ahdb.org.uk, 024 7647 8757