Pork exports to non-EU countries up in first six months

Increased demand has helped boost exports of UK pork to non-EU countries, with 122,850 tonnes shipped in the first six months of the year.

Jonathan Eckley is AHDB Head of Asia Pacific
Jonathan Eckley is AHDB Head of Asia Pacific

According to HMRC, a total of 177,638 tonnes of pork has been exported around the world so far this year, bringing a £304 million boost to the UK pork sector.

While total shipments are slightly down on last year’s figures due to Covid-19 and the fallout of Brexit, shipments to countries outside of the EU increased 30 per cent compared to the same period last year – worth £220 million.

The lion’s share went to China with 83,000 tonnes shipped between January and June, worth almost £150 million.

During a particularly challenging year for our red meat exports, pork has continued to prove incredibly popular in a number of markets outside of the EU, with demand increasing in markets such as Asia and Oceania.

Jonathan Eckley is AHDB Head of Asia Pacific

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