The latest data from the European Commission Single Market Management Committee shows recent increases in pork exports.
Throughout the first semester of this year, exports have reached 1.484.169 tons, which represents an 18,8% increase with respect to the same period of the previous year. The main destinations are still Russia, with 27,8% of the total and an 8% increase (412.101 tons), Hong Kong (245.107 tons, which represents 16,5% of the total and a 17% increase) and China, which rises to third place again after the spot was occupied by South Korea for several months. In this last case, the important increase in exportations to this country stand out with an increase of 114% compared to the same time last year.
Regarding imports, these are following the downward trend although the accumulated decrease is less than previous months at 23,0%, with18.265 tons imported during the months of January - June 2011. Just as with previous years, the main provider is Switzerland with 48% of the total, followed by Chile (21%) and Croatia (12%).