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UK pork exports to the EU down 80% in February

28th Apr 2021 / By Alistair Driver

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 UK’s 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.

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