According to BPEX, there was an increase in the amount of pork traded between EU countries during 2014, albeit only by 2%. Over 80% of the total originated from the six leading exporters, with Germany alone accounting for a quarter. A fall in exports meant that France imported more pork than it exported to the rest of the EU for the first time since 2000, although its shipments to non-EU markets meant it was a net exporter overall. Ireland was the only other EU country which was a net exporter to the rest of the EU, although Hungary and Finland were also net-exporters when third country shipments are taken into account.
Overall, 22 EU Member States were net importers from the rest of the union, with volumes ranging from over 1 million tonnes in the case of Italy to less than 5,000 tonnes into Malta. The UK is the third largest net importer of EU pork, after Italy and Poland but its imports of EU pork were lower than in 2013 as buyers remained committed to sourcing product from the UK.
Thursday April 9, 2015/ BPEX - Pig Market Weekly / United Kingdom.