The latest HMRC figures show that the UK’s pork exports to the USA, between January and April of this year, nearly doubled on 2021 figures; making the US the third largest export market for UK pork.
In the first four months of 2022, UK pork exports to the USA were worth almost £11.6 million, rising from £6.3m in 2021. Pork export volumes also rose by 60%, with shipments to the US up from 2,202t to 3,484t.
AHDB’s senior export manager for the Americas, Susana Morris, said: “America has become an increasingly valuable market for UK red meat, particularly pork, with exports rising month-on-month this year, and strong domestic demand is expected to persist.”
She added that the high quality and competitive prices of UK pork is driving the demand in the US, as well as the UK’s strong food safety credentials – which continue to be highly regarded in overseas markets.
“Also, the UK’s success in reducing antibiotic usage in the pork sector has helped differentiate our products and is highly regarded by consumers in America. All of this is helping to grow our pork exports in this hugely important market,” Ms Morris noted.
She concluded that, with the UK-USA pork export market proving a success, AHDB is continuing to work towards raising the profile of UK pork, beef and lamb exporters; having previously hosted events such as a UK meat and cheese tasting event in Los Angeles.