Pork Import Likely to Continue to Shrink Amid Disease Fears ({{commentsTotal}})

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Both pork import and export volumes dropped in the first six months of the year compared to 2013, and Statistics Estonia says it's likely the meat will continue to decline as a foreign trade article due to fears over African swine fever and the ongoing Russia-EU trade wars.

In the first six months of 2014, 10,400 tons of pork was imported into Estonia, 2,500 tons less than in the first half of 2013. Export also decreased.

The import in 2014 has decreased primarily from Poland and Belgium. Over half of pork import was German and Danish. Polish pork made up 13 percent, and Latvian and Lithuanian each only 6 percent.

Export from Estonia in the first half of this year was 4,000 tons of pork, of which over 70 percent was of Estonian origin.

Compared to last year, total exports were down by 3,000 tons while pork of Estonian origin was less by 870 tons.

Pork export dropped most in the case of Latvia and Russia. Russia, as has been reported, banned pork imports in late January and exports in the second quarter were zero. That was before it banned all EU agricultural produce this month.

A look at pork export in 2013:

* 49,500 tons was produced in Estonia.
* 12,400 tons was exported, of which 6,700 tons of Estonian in origin.
* 25,500 tons was imported.
* Pork leads all meats in foreign trade volumes for Estonia.