UK pork sales to the EU down by 80% in February, as new rules bite


By Alistair Driver, Pig World (UK)

April 27, 2021


The value of UK pork exports to the EU fell by 80% in February, compared with February 2020, as new Brexit rules and checks continued to stifle the trade.


Pork exports to all EU markets declined, with Ireland down by 86% and exports to Spain by 96%, ONS trade date shows. Pork exports to the EU have been particularly badly affected by the UKs new trading status the February figure follows an 84% year-on-year reduction in pork exports to the EU in January.


However, overall exports of pork totalled 48m in Feb 2021 compared to 45m in February 2020, as exports to non-EU markets doubled year-on-year.


Pork imports from the EU were also affected, falling by 37% from 163m in February 2020 to 103m, the data shows.


A summary of the February ONS trade data by the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) shows overall food and drink exports were down more than a fifth in February 2021, as EU sales dropped by 41%...


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