Portugal´s pork exports to China fall, break records to South Korea


Portugal´s exports of pork meat and by-products to China fell in 2021, while breaking records to South Korea, according to official statistics.

China was the country with the biggest drop in pork products exports (19 million euros less in 2021), despite still taking 40% of  Portugal’s sales outside the European Union.

The highlight in exports went to South Korea, which had a 570% increase in sales value in 2021, compared to 2020, becoming the seventh market for Portugal´s sales of pork and pork products.

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Overall, Portugal´s exports of pork meat and by-products in 2021 fell 11.55% in total value, to 169.03 million euros, according to official statistics.

The EU market took 76.15 million of Portugal´s exports, with Spain taking 98% of this total.

Sales outside the EU were 92.88 million last year, a drop of 15% compared to 2020.

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Cabo Verde and Japan also saw significant increases of imports of Portuguese pork, for the second year in a row.

With regard to the United Kingdom, Brexit had an impact of around 1.5 million euros on Portuguese pork exports.


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