With the aim of studying how the sector has performed during the past year, the Spanish Serrano Ham Consortium (Consorcio del Jamón Serrano Español) has analyzed the data provided by the Spanish Tax Agency with respect to the Spanish exports of cured hams and shoulders during year 2012.
According to the information of the Tax Agency with respect to the annual closing, during this period 26,688 tons of cured hams and shoulders have been exported: 2,136 tons more than in year 2011. Approximately, 50% of this increase is due to the excellent behaviour of two markets: Germany and Portugal, with imports of 590 and 436 tons more, respectively, than in year 2011. These data are translated as an increase in the Spanish exports by 8.70% and a rise of their value by 10.5%, reaching 237.5 million euros.
Regarding the destinations, and although in year 2012 Spanish cured ham was consumed in 106 countries, the Spanish exports are still concentrated in a few countries. Germany, France, Portugal, Belgium and Italy took up 70.2% of the exports. The two main markets are Germany, that with 7,244.90 tons takes up 27.1% of the Spanish exports, and France, that consumes 26.0% of the product (6,932.53 tons). In the third position we find Portugal that, with 2,468.96 tons takes up 9.3% of the exports vs. 8.3% in year 2011.
According to the geographical area, the European Union (EU-27) is still the most important destination, with 78.6% of the exports.
Friday March 1, 2013/ Consorcio del Jamón Serrano-Nota de prensa/ Spain.