First quarter figures show higher Dutch pork exports
Dutch fresh/frozen pork exports in the first quarter of this year rose by 16% on a year earlier. At 241,400 tonnes, volumes were also above the period in 2017.
However, offal shipments fell by over 20%. So, the total exports of pig meat products were almost 6% higher than last year, at 357,700 tonnes. This is despite the fact Dutch pork production has been falling.
The value of the exports reached €696 million, also up by over 5%. The market value was supported by rising export prices for processed products; both primary pork and offal saw prices fall.
Most products were shipped to the EU, with around a third destined for non-EU markets. However, China remained the largest single-country market and drove the overall growth (+42%).
In contrast, supplies to South Korea and Australia both fell by over a third. A number of EU markets (including the UK, Belgium and Greece) also took less product meaning trade with the EU fell a little.
In contrast, live pig exports fell by 1% in the first quarter of this year, compared with 2018, at 2.9 million head. Germany remained the dominant buyer but took 3% fewer pigs. More pigs were shipped to Belgium and Italy, but this was not enough to compensate for other declines.
Weaner exports were actually stable, with the decline driven by a 13% drop in slaughter pig shipments to Germany. This shift, alongside some fall in prices, meant the value of live pig trade fell by 8% to around €205 million.