UK beef exports experience strong start to 2020
It reported that fresh and frozen beef exports totalled 11,300 tonnes, almost 20% more than the same month in the previous year. This is significantly higher than the growth recording in December 2019 (5% up on December 2018).
Exports to Ireland, the UK’s largest export destination increased by 13%, to 3,500 tonnes while shipments to Hong Kong were up 300 tonnes, the Philippines up 250 tonnes and the Netherlands up 350 tonnes.
UK beef exports also increased in value terms, although not by as much. In January 2020, exports of fresh and frozen beef totalled £38.7m, 11% more than in the same month in the previous year. This was attributed to a 7% decline in the average export unit price.
There was a recorded uplift in shipments of offal and processed beef products. Offal exports increased by 9% yea-on-year to 4,150 tonnes while exports of beef products increased by 11% to 700 tonnes.
UK imports of fresh and frozen beef declined by 14% in January compared to the previous year, to 19,200 tonnes. This equated to a value of £72.7m, 18% less than in the previous year.
Shipments from Ireland, the largest supplier of beef to the UK, fell by 12% to 14,800 tonnes. Imports also recorded a drop from Poland which was down by 200 tonnes, Germany down by 150 tonnes and the Netherlands down by 50 tonnes.
Imports of offal and processed beef products also recorded a decline in volume terms. Offal imports totalled 1,800 tonnes, 23% less than in the previous year, while imports of processed beef products fell by a quarter, to total 4,900 tonnes.