Dutch exports fall
Dutch exports of fresh/frozen pork in the first seven months of the year are down, by 3% (-17,300 tonnes) compared to same period in 2017, to total 500,000 tonnes.
The Netherlands’ top three destinations (Italy, Germany & Greece) have all recorded declines in exports for the period, although the main driver behind the decrease in exports is a 15,000 tonnes reduction (-27%) in deliveries to China. However, gains have been made in other Asian markets. Collectively exports to South Korea and Japan are up over 9,000 tonnes, a 48% increase compared to the same period in 2017, in Japan’s case however, exports are still below 2016 levels. The value of exports during the period also declined, by 8% to total just over €1 billion.
Dutch imports of fresh/frozen pork in the year to July dropped, by 34,000 tonnes (-20%), to total 133,000 tonnes. Germany, which commands a 61% share of pork exports to the Netherlands, accounts for almost all of the declines recorded during the period, down 29,500 tonnes (-26%). Italy, Denmark and Ireland also all recorded reductions in deliveries to the Netherlands. The reduction in imports is likely a result of increased production, which is up by 53,000 tonnes (+6%) on 2017 levels.
Exports of live pigs also dropped back 8% from last year’s levels, to 6.6 million head. This largely represents falling demand for weaner pigs from Germany (-918,000 head), though deliveries to Spain have been three times higher (+600,000 head) and largely compensate for this drop.
In contrast, imports of live pigs to the Netherlands are up by around 35,000 head. This is despite a 145,000 head decline from Belgium. This reduction is unlikely to be related to African Swine Fever as the data doesn’t cover the period in which the disease was discovered in Belgium, although live imports from Belgium are expected to be affected going forward. The reduction in imports from Belgium has been made up by an increase from Germany (+83,000 head) and Denmark (+88,000 head). These increases could also be partly mitigating the drop of fresh/frozen imports from the aforementioned countries as the Netherlands focuses on domestic production.
Tom Forshaw, Analyst
Tom.Forshaw@ahdb.org.uk, 024 7647 8647