Pork exports increased by 1.4%, 8,000 tCWE (tonnes in carcass weight equivalent) in 2016, following a series of falls that began in 2012 and intensified since 2014, after the closure of the Russian market.
The evolution of the exports varied a great deal depending on their destinations: 34,000 tCWE to the European Union and an additional 42,000 tCWE to third countries, including 44,500 tCWE to China (+ 110%). In total, China became their first customer with 85,300 tCWE, just ahead of Italy with 84,300 tCWE. China was the main destination for EU pork in 2016. French pork sales to most key Asian customers
also increased: 25% more for Japan, 62% for Hong Kong and 6% for the Philippines. At the same time, exports to the main European customers declined, with the exception of Belgium and the Netherlands. Between 2013 and 2016, the average annual decline was 19% for shipments to Spain, 13% for Italy and 11% for Germany.
In relation to imports, the decline in French imports of pork is increasing (−6.5% compared to −3% in 2015), mainly from the three largest suppliers: Germany (−13,000 tCWE), Spain (− 20,000 tCWE) and Belgium (−8,500 tCWE).
Wednesday, May 17, 2017 / Agreste Synthèses - Porcins/ France.