UK pork exports continue to grow for another month
UK exports of pig meat (including offal) continued to grow in July, with an 11% increase year on year compared to 2018. This is the highest volume of July pork exports since 2016. The total value of the trade rose 19%, to £46.9 million.
Pig offal exports increased by 15% (+1,000 tonnes) compared to the previous year. This increase in exports is due to increased demand from China, which continues to be the largest destination for UK pig offal exports.
Bacon exports have gone down compared to July 2018 and are now lower in the year to date. However, bacon only accounted for 5% of total pork exports in July 2019.
Imports of fresh/frozen pork dropped by 22% (-20,100 tonnes) year on year in July, following a small increase on the previous month (+600 tonnes). Imports of bacon decreased by 10% (-1,700 tonnes) in July 2019 compared the previous year.
Processed pork saw the largest decline in imports reducing by 57% (11,000 tonnes) compared to July 2018. The HMRC data shows a significant decrease in the amount of processed hams and shoulders imported from Ireland (-8,000 tonnes). However, volumes in July last year were unusually large. Compared to the 5-year average for July, processed pork imports from Ireland were down 37% (-1,900 tonnes).
The total value of UK pig meat (incl offal) imports during July was £196.1 million, down almost 5% year-on-year.