The European Union is a world leader in the export of pork meat products. In 2017, the Community exported 213.5 thousand tons of such products, thus taking first place in the world.1
Sausages are the most popular among importers. Last year, the European Union exported 101.5 thousand tons of these products. Of this, more than 5,000 tons went to the United States (the 7th largest recipient of sausages from the EU). No wonder – sausages are the flagship products of meat processing plants in Europe, and each country has at least a few recognisable varieties of sausage, e.g. ‘kabanosy’, i.e. long, thin sausages made of high quality meat; dry sausages from Krakow in Poland, Hungarian salami and Spanish chorizo.
Export in the cold meat segment is growing. In 2017 EU producers exported 31.3 thousand tons of dried and smoked meats. Compared to 2015, this represents an increase of 12.5%. The largest recipient of these products is the United States (over 8 thousand tons in 2017), while the sixth place was taken by Canada, which last year imported over 1.2 thousand tons of dried and smoked pork products. Other large customers in this segment are Japan, Switzerland and Australia.2
The export of pork products also includes salted meat, a segment that is growing dynamically. In 2017, 6.7 thousand tons of salted meat were sold abroad, which represents an increase of 27% in just two years.3
2 Report of the Civil Dialogue Group on Pigmeat, 29 May 2018.
3 Report of the Civil Dialogue Group on Pigmeat, 29 May 2018.