UK red meat exports start the year with positive figures
According to the latest figures from HMRC shipments of red meat increased to more than 183,000 tonnes from January to May – up seven per cent compared to the same period last year.
The strongest performer was fresh and frozen beef, with exports rising 18 per cent in value – with the lion’s share destined for Ireland, the Netherlands and France, worth more than £120 million combined.
Pork exports rose three per cent in value, despite a small dip in volume – with China remaining the key market for UK pig meat exports, accounting for 22 per cent of the total volume.
Despite a slight fall in volume, exports of sheep meat rose nearly one per cent in value to £145 million, driven by high lamb prices. France remains the UK’s biggest market for sheep exports, worth £61 million this year. The average value per tonne of sheep meat exports in the year to May has risen ten per cent on year-earlier levels. ■