EU pork shipments up so far in 2019
EU exports of fresh and frozen pork during January and February 2019 totalled 394,400 tonnes, up 8% year-on-year. This is according to the latest Eurostat figures.
Pork shipments to China were up by 16% (+19,600 tonnes) year-on-year across January and February, more than compensating for the 24% decline (-3,600 tonnes) to neighbouring Hong Kong. Chinese import demand is expected to continue growing this year, as African Swine Fever disrupts local production.
Elsewhere, shipments to Japan were also up by 16% (+8,700 tonnes) and exports to the US were up slightly on the year (+1,700 tonnes). Conversely, exports to South Korea were down by 15% (7,500 tonnes) over the period.
Despite stability in January, pig offal exports from the EU fell by 6% in February, totalling 106,600 tonnes. This brought the total for both months to 211,400 tonnes, down 3% from 2018.
Most of the decline in offal exports was due to 31% (9,500 tonnes) less product sent to Hong Kong over the period. This was enough to offset significant growth to the Philippines (+4,500 tonnes) and Vietnam (+5,100 tonnes). The largest market, China, recorded a more modest 2% (+2,200 tonnes) rise in shipments.
Hannah Clarke, Analyst
Hannah.Clarke@ahdb.org.uk, 0247 693 5745