The value of pork exports from the UK during September increased 16 per cent on the year, reaching £21.7 million.
A 26 per cent rise in average unit prices supported the total export value. The weak the pound which protected most importing nations from the price rise.
Significantly, exports to China during September showed no growth over the same period in 2015 – the first month for a year with no expansion in Chinese exports. The closely related Hong Kong market also showed a significant 37 per cent decline in volume. Exports to Denmark and the Netherlands were back 20 per cent and 22 per cent respectively.
Offal exports were also down 14 per cent on the year during September, partly caused by a reduction in exports to China. A decline in UK production will limit supplies available for export.
Conversely, there was a 12 per cent rise in UK pork exports to Germany during September.