The exports of pork and pork products from the United Kingdom were in record-breaking mode in March. The trade with Greater China, which includes Hong Kong, topped 5,000t for the first time ever, while offal exports also reached a record high at 2,600t.
Overall, pork exports were just short of 18,200t for March, which was 13% up on the same month last year and the highest monthly figure since 1998 – when British pork production was much higher.
BPEX export manager Jean-Pierre Garnier said the exports to China were a massive achievement bearing in mind that the market hasn’t been open to the UK for very long.
“There has been some very good growth and the overall figure is evidence that the global demand for British pork is strong,” he added. “We are benefiting from a favourable market, but the commitment of British exporters has been exemplary. For instance, six exporters attended a very busy in SIAL Shanghai this week and we’re back next month to Beijing.
“This week, we are even holding discussions in Nigeria. Pork was exported to 30 countries and territories during March. To complete the picture, the prices achieved by our processors on export markets have also risen strongly.
“Exports are definitely making a major contribution to the renewed health of the sector.”