VLAM: More pork exported

More pork exported

Belgian Meat Office and Eurostat
Belgium’s pork export shows an increase in the first half of 2018.
Belgium’s pork export shows an increase in the first half of 2018.

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.

Almost 30% of the EU volumes are destined for Germany, which ordered 121,116 t from its Belgian neighbours; compared with the same period last year, however, volumes shrank by 5.2%. By contrast, exports to Poland recorded strong growth rates, rising by 30.3% to 105,376 t. The Netherlands, Belgium's third most important customer, bought 43,366 t of pork, or –5.1%.

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.

Source: Vlam / BMO


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