Pork Exports by Country

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Global sales from pork exports by country amounted to US$27.3 billion in 2016.

Overall, the value of pork exports were down by an average -9.9% for all exporting countries since 2012 when pork shipments were valued at $30.3 billion. Year over year, total pork exports increased in value by 18.2% from 2015 to 2016.

From a continental perspective, $17.8 billion or 65.1% of all pork exports originated from Europe. Trailing in second place were North American exporters at 25.8%. Latin America (excluding Mexico) and Caribbean nations accounted for 6.3% of total pork shipments, followed by Asia at 2.4%.

The 4-digit Harmonized Tariff System code prefix is 0203 for fresh, chilled or frozen swine meat.

Pork Exports by Country


Below are the 15 countries that exported the highest dollar value worth of pork during 2016:

  1. Germany: US$4.3 billion (15.9% of total pork exports)
  2. United States: $4.2 billion (15.5%)
  3. Spain: $3.6 billion (13%)
  4. Denmark: $2.6 billion (9.6%)
  5. Canada: $2.4 billion (8.7%)
  6. Netherlands: $1.8 billion (6.5%)
  7. Brazil: $1.3 billion (4.9%)
  8. Belgium: $1.3 billion (4.8%)
  9. France: $878.6 million (3.2%)
  10. Poland: $837 million (3.1%)
  11. Ireland: $483.8 million (1.8%)
  12. Mexico: $432 million (1.6%)
  13. Austria: $409 million (1.5%)
  14. Chile: $372.8 million (1.4%)
  15. Hungary: $355 million (1.3%)

The listed 15 countries shipped 92.8% of all pork exports in 2016.

Among the above countries, four increased the value of their pork exports since 2012: Ireland (up 26.9%), Spain (up 18.4%), Mexico (up 13.3%) and Brazil (up 0.1%).

The other 11 countries posted declines in their exported pork sales led by: France (down -27.7%), Belgium (down -24.7%), Denmark (down -21.4%) and Austria (down -20.2%).


The following countries posted the highest positive net exports for pork during 2016. Investopedia defines net exports as the value of a country’s total exports minus the value of its total imports. Thus, the statistics below present the surplus between the value of each country’s pork exports and its import purchases for that same commodity.

  1. Spain: US$3.3 billion (net export surplus up 19% since 2012)
  2. United States: $2.9 billion (down -24.2%)
  3. Germany: $2.8 billion (up 5.5%)
  4. Denmark: $2.5 billion (down -21.3%)
  5. Canada: $1.9 billion (down -7.8%)
  6. Netherlands: $1.4 billion (down -4.4%)
  7. Brazil: $1.3 billion (up 0.1%)
  8. Belgium: $1.1 billion (down -25.5%)
  9. Ireland: $367.1 million (up 46%)
  10. Chile: $237.5 million (down -41.5%)
  11. France: $147.8 million (up 159.9%)
  12. Austria: $89.7 million (down -17.5%)
  13. Hungary: $77.3 million (up 147.6%)
  14. Vietnam: $31.4 million (down -41%)
  15. Finland: $11.4 million (up 64.4%)

Spain has the highest surplus in the international trade of pork. In turn, this positive cashflow confirms Spain’s strong competitive advantage for this specific product category.


The following countries posted the highest negative net exports for pork during 2016. Investopedia defines net exports as the value of a country’s total exports minus the value of its total imports. Thus, the statistics below present the deficit between the value of each country’s pork import purchases and its exports for that same commodity.

  1. Japan: -US$4.2 billion (net export deficit down -18.7% since 2012)
  2. China: -$2.9 billion (up 327.7%)
  3. Italy: -$1.7 billion (down -21.1%)
  4. South Korea: -$1.3 billion (up 12.2%)
  5. Mexico: -$880.3 million (up 40.6%)
  6. United Kingdom: -$706.6 million (down -8.4%)
  7. Hong Kong: -$593.2 million (down -1.8%)
  8. Russia: -$587 million (down -76.1%)
  9. Czech Republic: -$496.4 million (down -9.5%)
  10. Poland: -$478 million (down -12.5%)
  11. Greece: -$452.2 million (down -16.1%)
  12. Romania: -$326 million (up 11.2%)
  13. Australia: -$323 million (down -16.7%)
  14. Slovakia: -$255.7 million (up 25.9%)

Highly populated Japan and China incurred the highest deficits in the international trade of pork. In turn, this negative cashflow highlights Japan’s and China’s competitive disadvantage for this specific product category but also signals opportunities for pork-supplying countries that help satisfy powerful Asian consumer demand.


Top Global Pork Processing Companies

According to the 2014 Meat Atlas report (Der Fleischatlas), the following companies lead in worldwide meat sales including pork:

  1. JBS SA (Brazil)
  2. Tyson Food (United States)
  3. Cargill (Argentina)
  4. BRF (Brazil)
  5. Vion Food Group (Netherlands)
  6. Nippon Meat Packers (Japan)
  7. Smithfield Foods (United States, America’s largest pork producer)
  8. Marfrig Alimentos SA (Brazil)
  9. Danish Crown AmbA (Denmark, world’s biggest pork exporter)
  10. Hormel Foods (United States)

Searchable List of Pork Exporting Countries

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RankExporter2016 Pork Exports% World Total
1.GermanyUS$4.3 billion15.9%
2.United States$4.2 billion15.5%
3.Spain$3.6 billion13%
4.Denmark$2.6 billion9.6%
5.Canada$2.4 billion8.7%
6.Netherlands$1.8 billion6.5%
7.Brazil$1.3 billion4.9%
8.Belgium$1.3 billion4.8%
9.France$878.6 million3.2%
10.Poland$837 million3.1%
11.Ireland$483.8 million1.8%
12.Mexico$432 million1.6%
13.Austria$409 million1.5%
14.Chile$372.8 million1.4%
15.Hungary$355 million1.3%
16.United Kingdom$344.6 million1.3%
17.Hong Kong$283 million1%
18.China$253.6 million0.9%
19.Italy$236.3 million0.9%
20.Portugal$146.1 million0.5%
21.Vietnam$90.7 million0.3%
22.Australia$89.7 million0.3%
23.Czech Republic$81.3 million0.3%
24.Finland$72.1 million0.3%
25.Romania$54.3 million0.2%
26.Sweden$47.2 million0.2%
27.Russia$41.1 million0.2%
28.Croatia$26.6 million0.1%
29.Slovakia$20.5 million0.1%
30.Slovenia$19.7 million0.1%
31.Estonia$19.5 million0.1%
32.South Africa$18.4 million0.1%
33.Serbia$14.7 million0.1%
34.Lithuania$13.3 million0.05%
35.Luxembourg$11 million0.04%
36.Belarus$8.6 million0.03%
37.Greece$7.8 million0.03%
38.Norway$7.6 million0.03%
39.Malaysia$7.3 million0.03%
40.Latvia$6.9 million0.03%
41.Bulgaria$6.5 million0.02%
42.Japan$6.1 million0.02%
43.Thailand$4.8 million0.02%
44.Paraguay$4.6 million0.02%
45.Ukraine$3.9 million0.01%
46.Switzerland$3.8 million0.01%
47.Singapore$2.1 million0.01%
48.Kazakhstan$1.2 million0.004%
49.Costa Rica$1 million0.004%
50.South Korea$930,0000.003%
52.United Arab Emirates$859,0000.003%
56.Brunei Darussalam$523,0000.002%
58.New Zealand$465,0000.002%
63.Sri Lanka$71,0000.0003%
74.Côte d'Ivoire$33,0000.0001%
83.El Salvador$25,0000.0001%
87.Burkina Faso$15,0000.0001%

See also Big Export Sales for Frozen Shrimps, Top Beef Exporting Countries and Chicken Exports by Country

Research Sources:
Trade Map, International Trade Centre. Accessed on May 20, 2017

2014 Meat Atlas, Heinrich Böll Foundation, Berlin, Germany, and Friends of the Earth Europe, Brussels, Belgium. Accessed on October 1, 2015