UK pork exports rose again during October in value terms, climbing by 13% year-on-year to reach £21.4 million, according to AHDB Pork.
As in September, this latest confirmed increase occurred despite declining export volumes, which were down 11% relative to 2015.
“A significant 32% decline in shipments to Germany, compared to October 2015, was key to driving the overall fall in export volume,” said AHDB Pork. “Ireland also took 9% less during this period, while the Netherlands saw a 26% decline in shipments.
“Conversely, shipments to China grew again after being static on the year during September. A relatively modest 18% year-on-year increase in exports was seen, despite increasing competition from cheap US and Brazilian product. Similarly, offal shipments showed positive growth again; value was up 65% on October 2015, with growth being driven equally by the Chinese and Hong Kong markets.”
AHDB Pork also reported that bacon exports were positive during the month, increasing in volume by 8% and value by 13% relative to the October last year.