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Belgian pork exports see significant drop according to new market analytics

ISN reports that pig exports from Belgium have declined significantly which experts attribute to the ongoing African swine fever outbreak, which has been depleting Belgian pig stocks and inhibiting trade.

28 April 2020, at 12:03pm

According to the latest information from the Flemish Promotion Center for Agricultural and Fishery Products (VLAM), in 2019, Belgium marketed approximately 800,000 tonnes of pork, including offal by-products abroad. This corresponded to a decrease of 5 percent compared to the previous year, reports ISN.

The VLAM cited the main reason for this negative development to be a 2 percent reduction in the domestic pig population to around 6.1 million animals. Pig slaughter numbers have also dropped by a worrying 4.6 percent to around 10.7 million animals.

In addition, numerous and important trade partners, including China, have imposed import embargoes to help to control the ongoing African swine fever (ASF) epidemic in domestic and wild boar. As a result, Belgian pork exports to countries outside the EU fell by 41 percent compared to 2018.

The largest part of Belgian pork exports therefore came from the EU partner countries. Germany remained the most important sales market with a purchase of 224,731 t of pork, including offal. This amount represented 29 percent of total Belgian pork exports. In comparison to the deliveries made to Germany in 2018, however, this meant a drop of 5 percent.

Read the full report by the ISN.