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EU pork exports still driven by China in September

23 December 2020, at 1:00am

EU-27 fresh/frozen pork exports totalled 338,600 tonnes in September. This was an increase of 30% year-on-year, a similar increase to that recorded throughout 2020.

Growth continued to be driven by a strong performance from the leading market, China, where volumes were up by 61% from September 2019. The EU continues to help fill the gap left by African Swine Fever diminishing the Chinese pig herd, for now.

Similar to previous months, most of the other key markets, including Japan, South Korea and the Philippines, purchased less EU pork than a year earlier.

Total EU pork exports in the first nine months of the year reached 2.7 million tonnes, 28% up from the same period in 2019. The value of these supplies increased by 41% to €7.25 billion.

Pig offal exports also strengthened compared with September 2019, increasing by 4% to 119,400 tonnes. The growth was largely the result of a rise in trade with Hong Kong, which doubled compared to last year. This was partially offset by a fall in shipments to Vietnam (-67%) and mainland China (-2%).