Exports Pork at record levels
China, with its increased demand for imports, accounts for the largest share of the booming export business. EU suppliers delivered nearly 985,000 t to the People's Republic in the first half of the year; exports to China have thus increased by 527,500 t (115%) compared to the previous year. Levels of orders received from the Special Administrative Region of Hong Kong were also high and, at 178,650 t, pork orders from the European Community rose by over 50%. But Japan has also placed more orders with EU suppliers in the year to date, purchasing over 20% more goods at 187,700 t.
Exports to the Philippines also rose, with sales to this market increasing by almost a third to 114,200 t compared to the first six months of 2015. The United States, the third largest producer of pork in the world, also dramatically increased its imports from the Community: by 40% to just under 64,800 t.
Among the major clients, only South Korea bought less pork from the EU in the first half of 2016 than in the same period last year. Exports there fell by over 14% to 112,350 t.