AHDB Pork Weekly Export Bulletin
28 November 2016
EU pork exports topped 3m tonnes during the first nine months of the year. Exports to Mainland China increased by 85% and accounted for nearly half European exports at 1.457m tonnes. This was followed by Japan at 289,000 tonnes (+10.7%), Hong Kong 266,000 tonnes (+32.5%), the Philippines 161,000 tonnes (+20%), Korea 172,000 tonnes (-5.5%) and the USA with 91,000 tonnes (+22.6%).
The very complex veterinary inspection from the Philippines for beef, pork, lamb and poultry products went well with no major issues reported. We are expecting the report in January and will need to reply to the points raised by the inspectors. Exports of pork continue uninterrupted, while we are expecting to gain market access for beef in the first half of 2017.
As already mentioned, we have not been successful in obtaining EU co-funding with our pork proposal for the Asia-Pacific region. The winners are the Consortium of Jambon de Bayonne in France, Dutch pork (see below) and the GIZ meat organisation from Slovenia for processed pork products. These three project represent only 16.7% of the funding available under the pork and dairy special envelope, with the dairy sector accounting for 83.3%. Other approved projects or projects with a pork component include Interporc of Spain with a €1.4m awarded and Consortio de Guijuelo for dry-cured hams, with both projects targeting EU countries including the UK. ISMC of Italy is targeting the USA dry-cured meat market, Schwäbisch Hal the German niche pork scheme, with a large €2m award for marketing their special pork in Germany, Austria and Italy. There is another Italian project to promote pork in some EU markets, including the UK, as well as two more projects from GIZ to support the consumption of Slovenian pork products on the home market. Slovenia is the surprising winner of this round of funding (single country proposals) and we are expecting the results of the multi-country proposals any time.
The European Commission is forecasting a small fall of production of 1% in the last quarter. It expects stable prices for the rest of the year at €1.54 per kg and a small fall of prices to around €1.46 for the first quarter of 2017.
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