The UK exported £19 million worth of red meat to the US in the first eight months of the year – with beef making up over a quarter of the shipments.
According to the latest data from HMRC, 1,211 tonnes of beef was exported to America between January and August of this year, worth over £5 million to the sector – marking a successful first year since the two-decade ban on UK beef was lifted.
During the same period, over 4,600 tonnes of pig meat was exported to the US – up nearly ten per cent on last year, worth £14 million to the pork sector.
AHDB senior export manager for the Americas Susana Morris said it was encouraging to see more than £5 million worth of beef from the UK exported to the US in less than a year since gaining market access.
She said: “America is proving to be an attractive market for our beef as the country is experiencing high domestic consumption, rising demand from international customers and stronger demand from retail and foodservice as well as lower stocks in cold storage.”
Ms Morris also noted the high pork prices in the US compared to a year earlier due to tight supplies and a lack of market-ready pigs, tighter production schedules and strong demand has led to lower stocks in cold storage.
“This combined with the suspension of the 25 per cent tariff earlier this year has given our exporters a fantastic boost and we look forward to seeing these figures increase,” she commented.
Exports of both pork and beef have grown in other North American markets also this year. In Canada, pork shipments are up 54 per cent to 1,183 tonnes, worth £5.4 million. And beef shipments reached 1,341 tonnes, valued at £5.2 million.
Ms Morris added: “The North American markets continue to be a key focus for AHDB exports and will continue to target these important regions to create new opportunities for our exporters over the coming year.”