BELGIUM, Brussels. From January to June 2018, Belgian meat suppliers exported 405,464 t of pork – an increase of 5.2% over the same period last year.
While the intra-EU trade grew by 7.5% to 364,012 t, exports to third countries fell by 11.7% to 41,452 t.
In third country business, China leads the customer list with 11,943 t. The dwindling buying interest resulted in a 20% drop in volumes. However, a large part of the quantities could be compensated in South Korea, which boosted its imports by an impressive 60.3% to 7,068 t. Third place in the ranking of the most important third country destinations is occupied by the Philippines with 6,513 t, a minus of 6.9% in comparison to last year’s results.