The EU is now the largest exporter of pig meat in the world - producing a total of 22.9 million tons of pork in 2007.
According to figures by the German market and price analyst, ZMP, competition had intensified in the pig meat market last year.
In 2007, 1.9 million tons of pig meat was exported, which includes bacon, fats and also exports of pigs and sows. The high euro compared to the dollar also had a significant impact, especially as pig meat is trade in dollars outside the EU.
Worldwide, the second-largest exporter of pork is the U.S., which exported 1,3 million tons last year. The country's exports to Japan increased by 6% in the same period.
Of the EU-27, Denmark exported about 520,000 tons outside the EU. Germany and the Netherlands followed with 330,000 and 21,000 tons, respectively. After falls in export volume to Japan and Russia, the EU recorded slight gains to Asia, especially China and Hong King.
The ZMP report expects this trend to continue in the coming year. East Europe, too, is thought to have good export potential.
Source: South African Meat Industry Company (SAMIC)