U.K. Pork Exports Climbed in October on Chinese Demand

The U.K.’s pork exports climbed about 13 percent in October, compared with a year earlier, in part as Chinese demand increased, according to the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board.

The U.K. shipped 14,900 metric tons of fresh and frozen pork in October, up from 13,100 tons at the same time a year earlier, AHDB’s pig unit BPEX said in a report on its website. Exports in the first 10 months of 2012 totaled 127,100 tons, compared with 121,100 tons a year earlier. Shipments of offal jumped 81 percent during October to 6,400 tons.

U.K. pork exports to European Union countries rose 13 percent, and shipments to China, the world’s biggest pork consumer, topped 2,000 tons for the first time, AHDB said. China agreed to begin importing British pork in May, with most purchases expected to consist of offal, or organs and other animal parts, according to the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs.

The U.K. imported 31,100 tons of fresh and frozen pork in October, up 3 percent from a year earlier, AHDB said. Purchases of bacon climbed 3 percent to 23,700 tons.

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