UK pig meat exports, including offal, were up on the year again in January, following 12 months of consecutive growth, according to AHDB.
Overall primary pork exports were up by 10%, and frozen saw an increase of 17%.
Growth in shipments continues to be driven by increased exports to China amid ASF concerns, with shipments reaching 12,300 tonnes during the month, up 50% on the same month last year. Exports to the country are down on the peak volumes seen in October and November.
Average export prices fell to £1.73/kg, down from £1.90/kg at the end of 2019. The average price of product going to China saw a drop from £1.87/kg in December to £1.59/kg in January.
AHDB analyst Bethan Wilkins said that the market has remained ‘relatively challenging’ for much of 2020 so far due to the ongoing covid-19 epidemic, but that in recent weeks there have been some reported movements in trade.
Pig meat imports were down 12% year on year for the month of January as all key suppliers reduced shipments, although imports from France rose by nearly a quarter compared to the same month last year.
Most of the decline was driven by fresh/frozen pork shipments, which were 14% lower than in January last year. Processed pig meat imports also fell significantly.
The amount spent on pig meat imports was 8% higher than last year, at £210m, with prices averaged £2.97/kg, compared to £2.42/kg last year.