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AHDB Pork Weekly Export Bulletin

18 September 2014

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British Pig Executive Weekly Export Bulletin

In July, pork exports continued their healthy progression, increasing by 9% to 16,400 tonnes. This means that overall exports in 2014 at the end of July, were up 10% to 111,200 tonnes. In short, more and more of the pork we produce is exported. We still have issues with offal export data.

A technical meeting organised by BPEX took place in Kenilworth on 16 September attended by exporters, DARD, BMPA and Defra to review the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for trotters.
AHVLA, including AHVLA Carlisle, is being renamed “Animal and Plant Health Agency” from 1 October to reflect the phytosanitary responsibilities.

A report commissioned with UKTI on the Mexican pork market is available from the export office. We are not yet exporting pork there but have an existing EU certificate to do so.

Correction: All enquiries for the St George/English Meat Dinner should be directed to Catherine Jeffrey in the Paris office: [email protected]


Pork origin issue

Not widely publicised, in January, an Irish processor “was caught using non-Irish pig meat in product carrying the Bord Bía Quality Assurance logo” following an audit and fined. (Source, Irish Farmers’ Journal)

Improved performance

According to data released by Teagasc PigSys, the number of pigs produced per sow per year climbed to 25.3 in 2013. Sows were producing 1,984kg of pork. PRRS was affecting one third of the herd. (Source, Irish Farmers’ Journal)



On 10 September, the French inter professional body reappointed Guillaume Roué as President. The first priority for Guillaume Roué is to manage the crisis initiated by the Russian ban on European pig meat and to pressurise Brussels to activate emergency measures such as private storage before prices totally collapse. According to Inaporc, the financial loss since the beginning of the crisis in January amounts to hundreds of millions of Euros.


The French national pig federation has requested feed suppliers to adjust their prices by 5% to 10% following the clear fall of raw material prices. Because of the pressure exerted by the Russian ban, French producers have not benefited from the seasonal rise in prices that usually occurs during the summer, this year. Producers are also asking French authorities to be ready to deliver veterinary certificates as soon as the Russian ban is lifted.


Pigs: No change for the French porcine sector; according to “Marché du Porc Breton” domestic consumption is slowing down, export activity is low and supplies are sufficient in France and EU wide. Prices are under pressure and the 56 TMP base eased by €c1last Monday in Plérin.

Piglets: No change at the beginning of the week with sufficient supplies to meet demand. The decrease in prices is tending to slow down in France with the FNP-FNCBV prices losing only €c1 for 25kg weaners and €c7 for 8kg piglets.

Cuts: The third week of September is rarely synonymous with high activity on the market, there has been no exception in 2014. Retailers reduce purchases while waiting for higher household consumption. On the export side, no change has been reported, it remains very slow.



On European markets, fresh hams and other cuts met a somewhat pressured sales situation and traded at unchanged or slightly lower prices. The UK bacon market was also reported to be under some pressure. Lower volumes were shipped to Japan, where recent high imports have led to a build-up in current stocks. Shipments to China are reported as steady.


Taiwan approval

From 9 September, eight slaughterhouses and 42 pork processing pork have been approved to export to Taiwan by using the agreed veterinary certificate. (source:

Higher Spanish exports

The main meat export from Spain is pork, exports in the January to June 2014 period were valued at €1,241m, 13% higher than in the corresponding period a year earlier. 523.163 tonnes of pig meat were exported in the six-month period, 14% more than 2013 and 20% higher than in the corresponding period in 2009. (source: Eurocarne)


More losses in the South

For the period May 2010 – May 2014, the number of pig breeding farms has fallen by 40% in Baden-Wurttemberg and Hessen, by 37% in Rhineland-Palatinate and by 36% in Bavaria. In Schleswig Holstein, North Rhine-Westphalia and Lower Saxony, they fell, respectively, by 35%, 34% and 30%. Overall, the number of pig breeding units has fallen by 34% and fattening units by 19%. (Source, Fleischwirtschaft)

Effect of Russian ban

According to the Ministry of Agriculture, the Russian ban is costing €3m per year to the pig sector and €24m to the beef sector. However, this does not take into account the earlier ASF ban. For reference, Germany exported €240m worth of pork, €20m of offal and €2.5m of pork in 2013. (Source, AFZ)

Aldi-South launches QR code with meat products

It is now possible to ascertain the origin of the raw material in meat products in Aldi by scanning the QR-code label. The scheme involves 40 SKUs such as chili con carne and lasagne. (Source, AFZ)

Edeka Sud Bayern new venture

Edeka Süd Bayern has launched a joint venture with OSI Europe for the retail packing of pork and beef under the name Südbayersiche Fleischwaren GmbH. Cattle and pigs will continue to be slaughtered in the Vion abattoir in Traunstein. This regional Edeka supermarket group markets 53,000 tonnes of meat products worth €280m per year. (Source, AFZ)

Fall of pork consumption

Germans purchased 2% less pork in the first half of the year against the same period of last year, says AMI. This was due to a poor barbecue season and despite lower retail prices. (Source, AMI)

More Vion reorganisations

Vion is to double the capacity of its Lanshut plant to 21,000 heads per week. (Source, Boerderij Vandaag)


Van Rooi goes for efficiency

The second largest Dutch operator is reorganising the business for efficiency gains. Bacon production is moving to the main Helmond plant and the firm has upped capacity and increased floor area there. The company owns other plants in Someren, Almere, Scherpenzeel. (Source, Boerderij Vandaag)


First case of SF

The first two cases of African Swine Fever (ASF) were detected in a dead wild boar near the Latvian border, 6km away from the location where two more cases were uncovered in June in Latvia. (Source, OIE)

European Union

New ASF measures

An update of EU regionalised restrictions to combat the spread of African Swine Fever (ASF) was endorsed by Member State experts last Friday (12 September). These affect, to differing degrees, Lithuania, Latvia, Poland and Estonia. They also include stringent restrictions in Sardinia where ASF is endemic in pigs and wild boar. Since January, a total of 39 outbreaks occurred in pigs and 87 notifications in wild boar had occurred in these countries. (Source, European Commission)


Meat processing industry near collapse

The National Union of Meat Processors (NUMP) has written an urgent letter to Vladimir Putin saying dozens of firms are close to receivership. Pork and poultry raw material prices have risen by 62% to 67% so far this year. The situation is particularly critical in the Far East where processors depend on 95% of imported meat. We have highlighted the issue in past reports. (Source, NUMP)

Overseas interest

There has been renewed interest from exporting countries keen to step up and replace Western food at World Food Expo in Moscow. This includes new stands for Chinese and Brazilian pork exporters. (Source, Irish Farmers’ Journal)

Danish pork fat confiscated

According to a statement by the Russian Southern Customs Administration, customs officers prevented the import of 42 tonnes of Danish pork fat through Ukraine. A Ukrainian was attempting to illegally import product by taking country roads in an attempt to avoid inspection centres. The product was confiscated. (Source,


Application of Free Trade Agreement delayed

The application of the provisional Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement (DCFTA) with the EU due on 1 November has been delayed to 31 December 2015 following a vote by the European Parliament. However, preferential trade conditions will continue to apply. (Source, AHDB)

Possibility of new ASF outbreaks

Vitaliy Bashinskiy, Deputy Head of the State Veterinary and Phytosanitary Service, reported that the possibility of new ASF outbreaks in the Ukraine is quite high. This is aggravated now as some areas of the Russian-Ukrainian border are not controlled by the government and it’s impossible to track possible spread of the virus. (Source,

Stable pig population

During the January to August period, the pig population decreased by only 23,800 head compared with the same period a year ago. The 1 September pig count totalled 8,151,000 pigs. (Source,


Weakening prices

The recovery in prices which started in April seems to run out of steam. Prices for pork have declined last week to RMB 20.12 per kg (-1.08% against preceding week). This means that prices at the moment are hovering around the breakeven territory. (Source, CN Agri)

Possible simplification of export clearance

The Government is running a pilot project in Tianjin that would lead to a simplification of the notoriously cumbersome export clearance procedures. In the new system, the importer would need to visit the Clearance Offices in Tianjin or Beijing for clearing, by-passing customs’ warehouses. The computerisation of clearance has already speeded up the process with 94% of imported goods cleared within 24 hours according to the Tianjin port authorities. Premier Li Keqiang said that "streamlining custom procedures can cut costs for trading companies and promote imports and exports”. This move is particularly important as domestic demand has weakened according to Mr Zhang a noted economist. (Source, China Daily)

US-China pork conference

The conference organised by the US Meat Council and other US organisations took place last week in Beijing. The conference benefited from the strong support of US exporters. (Source, own)

Texas Jin Luo new plant

The firm which produces cooked meat products has officially opened its £35m new plant. (Source, CN Agri)


CP more profitable

Group turnover reached £3.9bn in the first half of 2014 (+13% year-on-year) and profit increased to £107.6m on the back of recovery in Thailand and Vietnam where business was affected by oversupply last year. (Source, Asian Agribusiness)


Russian boost

According to USDA, Brazilian pork exports should reach 696,000 tonnes in 2015 (+20%). This reflects the effect of the Russian ban on Western products. Brazilian prices have also been boosted by the additional Russian demand. According to data from Associação Brasileira de Proteína Animal, Russia imported 16.2% more pork on the year from Brazil in August alone, accounting for 34.4% of total pork exports. (Source, USDA, Eurocarne)


Dynamic pork sector

Speaking to one of the three main engineering firms building abattoirs worldwide, they quoted Mexico as the most dynamic pork sector at the moment with two very large plants under construction. (Source, own)


Fall of feed prices

Corn and soybean prices have already dropped by 35%. USDA is predicting the price to get even lower with the upcoming record harvest. Corn farmers are expected to harvest nearly 14.4bn bushels of corn across the country. That's up from last year's 13.9bn bushel record harvest. (Source, KSPR)

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