Pork Exports by Country

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Global sales from pork exports by country totaled US$28.4 billion in 2018.

Overall, the value of pork exports fell by an average -8.8% for all exporting countries since 2014 when pork shipments were valued at $31.2 billion. Year over year, total pork exports shrank in value by -5.7% from 2017 to 2018.

From a continental perspective, $18.7 billion or 66.6% of all pork exports originated from Europe. In second place were North American exporters at 26.6%. Accounting for smaller percentages were Latin America (5.4%) excluding Mexico but including the Caribbean, Asia (1.2%), Oceania (0.3%) then Africa (0.1%).

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 2018.

  1. United States: US$4.6 billion (16.2% of total pork exports)
  2. Germany: $4.4 billion (15.5%)
  3. Spain: $4 billion (14.2%)
  4. Denmark: $2.6 billion (9.2%)
  5. Canada: $2.4 billion (8.5%)
  6. Netherlands: $2.1 billion (7.6%)
  7. Belgium: $1.4 billion (4.8%)
  8. Brazil: $1.1 billion (3.8%)
  9. Poland: $1 billion (3.6%)
  10. France: $891.5 million (3.1%)
  11. Mexico: $536.5 million (1.9%)
  12. Ireland: $505.7 million (1.8%)
  13. Chile: $438 million (1.5%)
  14. Austria: $392.5 million (1.4%)
  15. United Kingdom: $389.4 million (1.4%)

The listed 15 countries shipped 94.4% of all pork exports in 2018 by value.

Among the top exporters, the fastest-growing pork exporters since 2014 were: Mexico (up 25%), Spain (up 21.8%), United Kingdom (up 13.1%) and Poland (up 9.6%).

Those countries that posted declines in their exported pork sales were led by: Austria (down -29.8%), Brazil (down -25.9%), France (down -20.1%), Belgium (down -19.3%) and Denmark (down -18.8%).


The following countries posted the highest positive net exports for pork during 2018. 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$3.8 billion (net export surplus up 25.5% since 2014)
  2. United States: $3.3 billion (down -2.9%)
  3. Germany: $2.7 billion (down -0.7%)
  4. Denmark: $2.5 billion (down -17.5%)
  5. Canada: $2 billion (down -13%)
  6. Netherlands: $1.6 billion (down -3.1%)
  7. Belgium: $1.2 billion (down -22.5%)
  8. Brazil: $1.1 billion (down -25.9%)
  9. Ireland: $369.9 million (up 9.5%)
  10. Chile: $269.2 million (down -20.7%)
  11. Austria: $72.2 million (down -18.9%)
  12. France: $32.3 million (reversing a -$124.1 million deficit)
  13. Paraguay: $10 million (up 37.8%)
  14. Norway: $7.5 million (up 135.5%)
  15. Thailand: $5.5 million (up 28.3%)

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 2018. 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$4.4 billion (net export deficit up 2.1% since 2014)
  2. Italy: -$1.9 billion (down -21.3%)
  3. China: -$1.9 billion (up 199.5%)
  4. South Korea: -$1.7 billion (up 49.8%)
  5. Mexico: -$842.8 million (down -25.5%)
  6. United Kingdom: -$746.6 million (down -7.5%)
  7. Poland: -$649.3 million (down -11%)
  8. Czech Republic: -$603 million (up 6%)
  9. Hong Kong: -$589.3 million (up 17.1%)
  10. Romania: -$580.2 million (up 72.5%)
  11. Greece: -$505 million (down -9.5%)
  12. Australia: -$346.4 million (down -14.7%)
  13. Slovakia: -$288.3 million (up 32.4%)
  14. Singapore: -$261.4 million (down -3.2%)
  15. Portugal: -$243.4 million (down -2.7%)

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


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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RankExporterPork Exports (US$)%World Total
1.United States$4.6 billion16.2%
2.Germany$4.4 billion15.5%
3.Spain$4 billion14.2%
4.Denmark$2.6 billion9.2%
5.Canada$2.4 billion8.5%
6.Netherlands$2.1 billion7.6%
7.Belgium$1.4 billion4.8%
8.Brazil$1.1 billion3.8%
9.Poland$1 billion3.6%
10.France$891.5 million3.1%
11.Mexico$536.5 million1.9%
12.Ireland$505.7 million1.8%
13.Chile$438 million1.5%
14.Austria$392.5 million1.4%
15.United Kingdom$389.4 million1.4%
16.Hungary$312.1 million1.1%
17.China$195.3 million0.7%
18.Italy$188.6 million0.7%
19.Australia$92.4 million0.3%
20.Hong Kong$85.3 million0.3%
21.Portugal$83.1 million0.3%
22.Russia$68.1 million0.2%
23.Czech Republic$65.8 million0.2%
24.Sweden$56.9 million0.2%
25.Finland$51.8 million0.2%
26.Vietnam$40.7 million0.1%
27.Slovakia$39.4 million0.1%
28.Romania$34.4 million0.1%
29.Slovenia$28.1 million0.1%
30.Estonia$27.9 million0.1%
31.South Africa$24.9 million0.1%
32.Croatia$24.8 million0.1%
33.Belarus$18.5 million0.1%
34.Lithuania$15.2 million0.1%
35.Argentina$14.3 million0.1%
36.Serbia$13.2 million0.05%
37.Bulgaria$12 million0.04%
38.Greece$11.5 million0.04%
39.Paraguay$11.4 million0.04%
40.Latvia$10.3 million0.04%
41.Norway$10 million0.04%
42.Luxembourg$9.8 million0.03%
43.Colombia$7.8 million0.03%
44.Japan$7.3 million0.03%
45.Thailand$5.5 million0.02%
46.Malaysia$4.6 million0.02%
47.Ukraine$3.8 million0.01%
48.Singapore$3.6 million0.01%
49.Switzerland$3 million0.01%
50.India$1.8 million0.01%
51.Georgia$1.6 million0.01%
52.New Zealand$1.1 million0.004%
53.Kazakhstan$1 million0.004%
57.South Korea$277,0000.001%
58.Costa Rica$261,0000.001%
68.Ivory Coast$77,0000.0003%
74.Sri Lanka$31,0000.0001%
80.North Macedonia$12,0000.00004%
86.El Salvador$6,0000.00002%
87.Brunei Darussalam$6,0000.00002%
91.Trinidad/ Tobago$3,0000.00001%

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

Research Sources:
Investopedia, Net Exports Definition. Accessed on May 4, 2019

The World Factbook, Field Listing: Exports – Commodities, Central Intelligence Agency. Accessed on May 4, 2019

Trade Map, International Trade Centre. Accessed on May 4, 2019

2014 Meat Atlas, Heinrich Böll Foundation, Berlin, Germany, and Friends of the Earth Europe, Brussels, Belgium. Accessed on May 4, 2019