EU-27 fresh/frozen pork exports totalled 338,600 tonnes in September, largely being driven by a sustained demand from China, where volumes were up by 61% from September 2019.
As reported by AHDB analyst Bethan Wilkins, this was an increase of 30% year-on-year, a similar increase to that recorded throughout 2020.
Total EU pork exports in the first nine months of the year reached 2.7 million tonnes, 28% up from the same period in 2019. The value of these supplies increased by 41% to €7.25 billion.
The EU export market remained propped up by Chinese demand, as most of the other key markets, including Japan, South Korea and the Philippines, purchased less EU pork than a year earlier.
Pig offal exports also strengthened compared with September 2019, increasing by 4% to 119,400 tonnes.
Ms Wilkins added: “The growth was largely the result of a rise in trade with Hong Kong, which doubled compared to last year. This was partially offset by a fall in shipments to Vietnam (-67%) and mainland China (-2%).”