September pork imports were “lowest” for 10 years

UK pork imports reduced by 7% in September, year on year, registering their lowest level for the month in more than a decade, according to AHDB Pork.

With September imports falling to 28,700 tonnes, based on the latest figures from HMRC, the value of pork imports for the month was down by 21% on the year.

“This suggests that UK pigmeat supplies are meeting more of domestic demand,” said AHDB Pork, noting that Denmark, the largest exporter of pork to the UK, sent 6% less in September compared to a year before, while Germany sent 9% less.

Pork exports in September were slightly up compared to the same month last year, at 17,900 tonnes. The growth was led by shipments to Denmark, probably for re-export, and to smaller markets such as the US and Poland.

“The value of exports decreased again in September, by 11% to £18.8 million, compared to a year earlier,” said AHDB Pork. “However, this is the highest exports’ value since October 2014, as shipments rise seasonally at this time of year.”

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