BELGIUM, Brussels. Due to the extensive deliveries to China, the deliveries of pork from the European Union in the first half of 2020 have increased compared to the same period of the previous year.
According to the EU Commission on the basis of provisional data from the Statistical Office of the European Union (Eurostat), a total of 2.56 mill. t of pork, including offal, from the 27 member states plus the UK were sold to third countries, which was 334,000 t or 15% more than in the period from January to June 2019.
During the period under review, a good 1.61 mill. t of pork were shipped from the Community to the People's Republic, an increase of 646,000 t or almost 67% over the same period last year. Around 63% of all EU pork sales went to customers in China, the highest proportion ever measured. In the first half of 2019, this figure was still 43.4%; in the first six months of 2018 it was 35.2%. If the approximately 100,000 t exported to Hong Kong are added to this destination, China's export share has now reached 67%, which means that export diversification in third country trade has declined sharply.
With the exception of Vietnam, where EU pigmeat exports increased by 9.3% to 47,000 t compared to the first half of 2019, all other major customers saw a more or less sharp decline in sales. The Japanese, for example, bought almost a fifth less in the member states with 195,000 t; business with South Korea showed a relatively strong minus of almost a third to 109,000 t. The consequences of the Corona pandemic, which led to a sharp drop in out-of-home consumption, were apparently also reflected here.
Exports to the Philippines slumped by as much as 60% to 55,000 t. Some EU countries, including Germany, were banned from imports because of the alleged danger of African swine fever (ASF) introduction.