Thursday, 17 September 2020
The latest data from HMRC shows that in July, UK beef imports (including primary, processed and offal) totalled 23,400 tonnes, down 12% on the year. Imports are still running below the five-year average, likely due to continuing lower demand as foodservice remains restricted. Production was also higher year-on-year in July, which may have also reduced import requirements.
Fresh and frozen primary beef accounted for 76% of total beef imports in July, at 17,700 tonnes. Shipments were lower primarily from Ireland, but also Poland and the Netherlands to a lesser extent. The July figures brought total beef imports for January-July (inclusive) to 175,100 tonnes, down 11% year-on-year.
UK beef exports (including primary, processed and offal) totalled 13,500 tonnes in July, down 9% on the year. Exports were elevated throughout most of 2019 due to the beef price crisis, and so July 2020 looked to be moving in-line with more “typical” volumes. Exports were still 6% above the five-year average for the month.
Fresh and frozen primary beef accounted for 64% of total beef export volumes in July, at 8,700 tonnes. Shipments were lower primarily to the Netherlands, which offset a smaller rise in volumes to Ireland. The July figures brought total beef exports for January-July (inclusive) to 106,200 tonnes, virtually unchanged on the same period in 2019.
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