Pork Exports by Country

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Global sales from pork exports by country totaled US$30.2 billion in 2017.

Overall, the value of pork exports fell by an average -2.4% for all exporting countries since 2013 when pork shipments were valued at $30.9 billion. Year over year, total pork exports increased in value by 9.9% from 2016 to 2017.

From a continental perspective, $19.8 billion or 65.5% of all pork exports originated from Europe. Trailing in second place were North American exporters at 25.3%. Latin America (excluding Mexico) plus the Caribbean accounted for 6.2% of total pork shipments, followed by Asia at 2.6%, Oceania (mostly Australia, New Zealand) at 0.3%, then Africa at 0.1%.

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

Pork Exports by Country

Countries

Below are the 15 countries that exported the highest dollar value worth of pork during 2017:

  1. Germany: US$4.8 billion (15.8% of total exported pork)
  2. United States: $4.6 billion (15.2%)
  3. Spain: $4.1 billion (13.5%)
  4. Denmark: $2.7 billion (9.1%)
  5. Canada: $2.5 billion (8.4%)
  6. Netherlands: $2.2 billion (7.2%)
  7. Brazil: $1.5 billion (4.9%)
  8. Belgium: $1.4 billion (4.8%)
  9. Poland: $1.1 billion (3.5%)
  10. France: $932.9 million (3.1%)
  11. Mexico: $527.6 million (1.7%)
  12. Ireland: $502.6 million (1.7%)
  13. Austria: $433.5 million (1.4%)
  14. Hong Kong: $427.2 million (1.4%)
  15. Chile: $396.5 million (1.3%)

The listed 15 countries shipped 93% of all pork exports in 2017 by value.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing pork exporters since 2013 were: Hong Kong (up 214.3%), Spain (up 28.3%), Brazil (up 19.4%), Ireland (up 19.1%) and Mexico (up 18.7%).

Countries enduring the most severe declines were: Belgium (down -29.2%), France (down -25.3%), Denmark (down -19.4%), Austria (down -14.4%) and Poland (down -13%).

Advantages

The following countries posted the highest positive net exports for pork during 2017. 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 29.3% since 2013)
  2. United States: $3.1 billion (down -4%)
  3. Germany: $3 billion (up 5.1%)
  4. Denmark: $2.6 billion (down -18.3%)
  5. Canada: $2.1 billion (down -0.8%)
  6. Brazil: $1.5 billion (up 19.4%)
  7. Netherlands: $1.5 billion (down -5.9%)
  8. Belgium: $1.2 billion (down -33%)
  9. Ireland: $375.3 million (up 34.1%)
  10. Chile: $213 million (down -29.9%)
  11. Austria: $71.8 million (down -15.2%)
  12. Hungary: $62.7 million (down -15.1%)
  13. France: $52.6 million (reversing a -$8.6 million deficit)
  14. Vietnam: $32.6 million (down -0.7%)
  15. Norway: $7.8 million (up 559.6%)

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.

Opportunities

The following countries posted the highest negative net exports for pork during 2017. 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 9.5% since 2013)
  2. China: -$2 billion (up 151.6%)
  3. Italy: -$2 billion (down -21.4%)
  4. South Korea: -$1.5 billion (up 86%)
  5. Mexico: -$877.6 million (up 18%)
  6. United Kingdom: -$827.5 million (up 1.4%)
  7. Russia: -$751.9 million (down -64.8%)
  8. Czech Republic: -$581.9 million (up 3.4%)
  9. Hong Kong: -$562.1 million (up 3.8%)
  10. Greece: -$523.9 million (down -8.1%)
  11. Romania: -$479.7 million (up 52.1%)
  12. Poland: -$467.2 million (down -6.7%)
  13. Australia: -$366.4 million (down -0.8%)
  14. Slovakia: -$301.3 million (up 26.8%)
  15. Singapore: -$276.3 million (up 18.9%)

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.

Companies

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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RankExporter2017 Pork Exports% World Total
1.GermanyUS$4.8 billion15.8%
2.United States$4.6 billion15.2%
3.Spain$4.1 billion13.5%
4.Denmark$2.7 billion9.1%
5.Canada$2.5 billion8.4%
6.Netherlands$2.2 billion7.2%
7.Brazil$1.5 billion4.9%
8.Belgium$1.4 billion4.8%
9.Poland$1.1 billion3.5%
10.France$932.9 million3.1%
11.Mexico$527.6 million1.7%
12.Ireland$502.6 million1.7%
13.Austria$433.5 million1.4%
14.Hong Kong$427.2 million1.4%
15.Chile$396.5 million1.3%
16.Hungary$391.6 million1.3%
17.United Kingdom$377.7 million1.3%
18.China$258.6 million0.9%
19.Italy$234.2 million0.8%
20.Australia$98.7 million0.3%
21.Portugal$92.2 million0.3%
22.Czech Republic$88.2 million0.3%
23.Vietnam$73.4 million0.2%
24.Finland$67.6 million0.2%
25.Romania$62.2 million0.2%
26.Russia$61.4 million0.2%
27.Sweden$54 million0.2%
28.Slovakia$27.1 million0.1%
29.South Africa$24.9 million0.1%
30.Estonia$24.7 million0.1%
31.Croatia$21.7 million0.1%
32.Slovenia$20.3 million0.1%
33.Serbia$18.6 million0.1%
34.Lithuania$13.8 million0.05%
35.Belarus$13.6 million0.05%
36.Ukraine$10.5 million0.03%
37.Norway$10.3 million0.03%
38.Luxembourg$9.7 million0.03%
39.Greece$9.6 million0.03%
40.Latvia$9 million0.03%
41.Bulgaria$8.1 million0.03%
42.Paraguay$6.8 million0.02%
43.Japan$6.5 million0.02%
44.Switzerland$4.7 million0.02%
45.Malaysia$4.7 million0.02%
46.Thailand$4.3 million0.01%
47.Argentina$3.6 million0.01%
48.Kenya$3.1 million0.01%
49.Singapore$2.7 million0.01%
50.India$1.3 million0.004%
51.Kazakhstan$790,0000.003%
52.New Zealand$779,0000.003%
53.Taiwan$436,0000.001%
54.Costa Rica$430,0000.001%
55.South Korea$421,0000.001%
56.Cyprus$376,0000.001%
57.United Arab Emirates$370,0000.001%
58.Georgia$340,0000.001%
59.Barbados$290,0000.001%
60.Egypt$278,0000.001%
61.Nicaragua$268,0000.001%
62.Namibia$117,0000.0004%
63.Suriname$114,0000.0004%
64.Uruguay$103,0000.0003%
65.Philippines$100,0000.0003%
66.Macedonia$87,0000.0003%
67.Macao$81,0000.0003%
68.Samoa$80,0000.0003%
69.Venezuela$76,0000.0003%
70.Swaziland$55,0000.0002%
71.Niger$45,0000.0001%
72.Moldova$38,0000.0001%
73.Uganda$38,0000.0001%
74.Panama$32,0000.0001%
75.El Salvador$31,0000.0001%
76.Montenegro$25,0000.0001%
77.Cayman Islands$24,0000.0001%
78.Sri Lanka$23,0000.0001%
79.Peru$22,0000.0001%
80.Dominican Republic$20,0000.0001%
81.Haiti$17,0000.0001%
82.Zimbabwe$15,0000.00005%
83.Bosnia/Herzegovina$13,0000.00004%
84.Congo$11,0000.00004%
85.Indonesia$10,0000.00003%
86.Iceland$5,0000.00002%
87.Iran$4,0000.00001%
88.Kyrgyzstan$4,0000.00001%
89.Mozambique$4,0000.00001%
90.US Minor Outlying Is$3,0000.00001%
91.Zambia$2,0000.00001%
92.Nauru$2,0000.00001%
93.St Vincent/Grenadines$2,0000.00001%
94.Qatar$2,0000.00001%

See also International Markets for Imported Pork by Country, 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 22, 2018

2014 Meat Atlas, Heinrich Böll Foundation, Berlin, Germany, and Friends of the Earth Europe, Brussels, Belgium. Accessed on May 22, 2018