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Belgian pork exports up marginally

In the first half of 2015, Belgium exported 346,300 tonnes of pork, less than 1% up compared with the same period in 2014.

As a result of an 11% fall in the price of Belgium exports compared to the same period last year, the value from January to June totalled €575.3 million, down 10% on the first half of 2014. Third country exports remain small, accounting for little more than 5% of total shipments, and were down 2% on the year.

Exports to Belgium's main destination for pig meat, Germany, which takes over a third of shipments, were down 6% year on year. In contrast, supply to Poland, Belgium's second largest market, recorded a 19% increase in the period, compared to the same time last year. With Germany and Poland importing two thirds of Belgium's supply between them, the remaining third is distributed amongst smaller markets. Shipments to the Netherlands and Italy fell by 7% and 16% retrospectively year on year, while supplies to the UK, a relatively small export market for Belgium, increased by 24%.

Source: AHDB Pork

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