Good performance for Danish pork exports in 2018


Denmark exported 3% more pork in the first nine months of 2018 compared to year earlier levels, reaching 840,000 tonnes, according to the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB).

Posted on Jan 10 ,12:12

Good performance for Danish pork exports in 2018

On the other hand, in terms of value, shipments suffered a loss of 10% to DKK 12.4 billion (€1.7 billion).

AHDB analyst Tom Forshaw said the pig price was under pressure in 2018 due to a number of factors such as "increased pig production throughout Europe, competition on global export markets, as well as concerns surrounding ASF".

The growth in volume was mainly based on shipments to the European Union. Danish pork exports to the block were up around 5% in the mentioned period, Germany being the largest importer at a level of 266,000 tonnes (+10%). Poland (+6%) and Italy (+10%) also continue to receive more Danish product. In contrast, shipments to the UK, Denmark’s third largest market, decreased by almost 8% (-7,700 tonnes) to total 93,000 tonnes.

Meanwhile, Denmark's trade with third countries was down by 1% between January and September 2018. The decline was mainly based on a fall in shipments to China by 18% to just 48,500 tonnes.

Pork shipments to Denmark's second largest non-EU importer, Japan, were also down by 1.4% in the mentioned period to 82,000. Forshaw said this could be explained due to increased competition from Spain, Canada and the Netherlands, which resulted in Denmark losing market share.

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