July pork exports down 7% on the year

UK fresh and frozen pork exports fell by 7%, year-on-year, in July, counteracting the recent upward trend, according to AHDB Pork.

Exports to Denmark took the biggest hit, falling 74% below July 2015 levels, while shipments to Germany, a key outlet for cull sow meat, were down by 19%.

In the midst of such changes, however, exports to China remained buoyant, rising by 62% year-on-year,

The China factor was also good for values with exports to the country more than doubling in value on the same period last year. This helped the UK’s overall July export value climb by 11% in comparison to last year.

On the import front, meanwhile, there was a 12% year-on-year increase in fresh and frozen pork shipments during the month, driven by product from Denmark which, similar to June this year, were almost double the level reached in 2015.

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