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