The worth of the UK’s pink meat exports has reached its highest ranges since information started, price an enormous £1.7 billion final 12 months, partially pushed by the rising costs of meat.
In response to the newest information from HMRC, the entire worth of pink meat shipments elevated 22 per cent year-on-year – with over 609,000 tonnes exported world wide, up 9 per cent.
Beef exports introduced the largest enhance to the figures, with the worth of shipments up practically 46 per cent to £640 million – pushed by the restoration of commerce with the EU. Pig meat exports reached £623 million, up virtually 10 per cent, adopted by sheep meat exports which had been valued at £503 million – an increase of 13 per cent year-on-year.
AHDB worldwide market improvement director, Dr Phil Hadley, mentioned: “We’re thrilled by these newest figures, which present 2022 was an extremely robust 12 months for all three of our pink meat sectors, with values at their highest since information started in 2009.
“Final 12 months, we noticed robust development in a few of our key goal markets, resembling Canada, Japan and Europe, which stays the UK’s Most worthy market. We additionally noticed new alternatives created for pork exports to Chile and lamb to the US, which each have the potential to assist bolster these figures over the approaching 12 months.”
Japan proved an essential marketplace for beef with 3,175 tonnes shipped final 12 months – price £16.3 million, a 68 per cent rise in worth. Canada has additionally elevated its imports of beef from the UK, with shipments price £13.1 million – a 77 per cent rise year-on-year.
The quantity of pig meat exported final 12 months elevated six per cent to 372,597 tonnes, with China remaining the most important importer of pork from the UK, taking 126,723 tonnes final 12 months, valued at virtually £203 million.
The Philippines stays the world’s third largest importer of pig meat from the UK, with exports up 33 per cent to 33,861 tonnes, price £52 million. Shipments to the US additionally elevated with final 12 months’s exports price virtually £28 million.
Sheep meat exports had been up 7.8 per cent in quantity to 78,844 tonnes – with the lion’s share destined for the EU, making up 94 per cent of the entire shipments.
Dr Hadley added: “These figures present the worth of exports, and the advantages new markets convey to the UK’s pink meat sectors. We’ll proceed to work with authorities and wider business to determine and open new markets for our exporters to make sure our meat is loved in additional nations world wide.”