According to the data of the last meeting of the Management Committee for the Common Organisation of Agricultural Markets, that took place last May 23rd, the total pig meat exportations during the first three months of 2013 have fallen by 7.3% with respect to the same period of year 2012, reaching 731,845 tons.
China has managed to be, with an increase by 48% (and by 23.5% of the total quota), the first destination of the European pig meat, with a total of 172,219 tons exported between January and March 2013; whilst the exportations to Russia and Hong Kong have undergone falls by 18 and 34%, respectively. The exportations to Japan (the fourth destination in terms of importance) have increased by 8%, reaching 57,612 tons, whilst the strongest fall is the one undergone by the exportations to South Korea, that with a total of 23,254 tons, have diminished by 53% in comparison with the same period in year 2012.
With respect to the importations, they follow the tendency of the last years, reaching 8,866 tons during the first trimester of 2013, that means a fall by 0.8%. The main suppliers of the EU still are Switzerland (with 51% of the total quota), followed by Chile (17%), Serbia (7%), United States (5%), and Croatia (4%).
Friday May 23, 2013/ PVE/ Netherlands.