Beef imports decrease whilst exports stabilise
Imports of beef to the UK saw a decline in July as exports stabilised, according to the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB).
UK imports of fresh and frozen beef in July came to 17,400 tonnes. This is a 9.1% decrease on June levels, and 2,600 tonnes (13%) down on imports for July last year.
Between January and July this year, the UK imported 134,500 tonnes of fresh and frozen beef, 10% up on the same period in 2021. Imports have increased substantially from Germany, up 7,700 tonnes compared to a year ago, putting it at 7% of total imports so far this year. AHDB added that, historically, Germany has supplied between 2-5% of UK beef imports.
Imports from the Netherlands have been on a downward trend since late 2021, despite still being up 7% year-on-year. Polish volumes have also stayed elevated, as have shipments from Brazil.
Exports for July totalled 9,600 tonnes,3% down on June’s figures. Fewer shipments to Ireland and the Netherlands totalled a reduction of 442 tonnes. However, AHDB said that, despite these losses, shipments grew elsewhere, including to France, Poland and Japan.
When compared with July last year, total UK beef exports were marginally up. For the year to date, overall exports totalled 74,200 tonnes, an increase of 19,600 tonnes (36%) over last year.