DENMARK - In the first three months of 2015, Danish exports of pork increased by 6 per cent year on year to 292,000 tonnes.
However, the total value of exports fell by 5 per cent to 4.3 billion Danish Krone (€580 million).
Intra-EU trade increased its share of total exports and other EU countries remained the largest market for Danish exports, with 74 per cent of all shipments from Denmark going to them.
Germany was the largest single market for Danish pork but its share of the total fell to 32 per cent as volumes grew more slowly than other countries. Shipments to the next three markets, Poland, Italy and the UK, grew by 12 per cent, 20 per cent and 19 per cent respectively.
Exports to non-EU markets increased by 1 per cent despite a decline in volumes going to the largest such market, Japan, where shipments fell by 21 per cent compared to 2014.
The main increase in purchases came from Australia, with volumes up 60 per cent year on year, and smaller Asian markets such as South Korea and Taiwan. Shipments to China fell by 4 per cent.
The first three months of 2015 have continued recent trends when it comes to Danish live pig exports.
Numbers were up by 15 per cent as Danish producers look to export increased numbers of weaners to other countries where they can be finished more cheaply. During the quarter, over 3.2 million pigs were exported, with 96 per cent being weaners.
Germany remained the largest importer of Danish live pigs, with numbers up by 9 per cent.
However, Poland remains the major growth market, with shipments increasing by over a third.
Following the falls seen in the deadweight trade and the subsequent fall in the weaner price, the overall value of Danish live pig exports fell by 8 per cent.ThePigSite News Desk