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Danish Pork Exports

DENMARK - By the USDA, Foreign Agricultural Service - This article provides the pork industry data from the USDA FAS Livestock and Products report on Danish Pork Exports, January to June 2003.
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Denmark - Pork Exports

During the first half of 2003, Danish pork exports increased by 6.6 percent compared to 2002. Notably, exports to Japan increased rapidly in May and June in order for the shipments to reach Japan before the Safe Guard cuts imports substantially. (Note: Shipments from Denmark to Japan takes 6 weeks). Exports to Japan increased by 11 percent from 127,000 tons to 141,000 tons for the first six months in 2003 compared to 2002..

Danish Pork Exports, January to June
Country Tons - 2002 Tons - 2003
United Kingdom 131,890 149,891
Germany 118,135 143,428
Italy 70,180 68,548
Sweden 19,287 23,080
France 31,828 26,181
Other EU 27,728 23,166
Total EU countries 399,048 434,294
Japan 127,164 141,425
U.S. 27,895 41,664
Russia 41,504 20,370
Australia 8,715 8,795
Korea 12,593 10,292
Other 3. countries 43,508 47,286
Total 3. countries 261,379 269,832
Total 660,428 704,126

Forecast for 2003

Contracts for future shipments to Japan are low and total 2003 exports to Japan are expected to decrease slightly compared to 2002.

On the Russian market, Denmark has difficulty competing with Brazil and Poland. Poland is selling out of its huge stocks (estimated at 170,000 to 180,000 tons) although speculation in Denmark is that the EU may take over the stocks after Poland joins the EU in 2004.

Prospects for Denmark are still good in the UK and Germany. The share of EU markets in total Danish exports is expected to increase by 5 percent in 2003, mainly du to overall 2003 decrease in exports to Japan and Russia.

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Source: USDA Foreign Agricultural Service - 27th August 2003