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Dáil Éireann Debate, Thursday - 17 January 2019

Thursday, 17 January 2019

Questions (205, 206, 207)

Charlie McConalogue

Question:

205. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the countries to which Ireland exports beef; the volume and value in 2018 of such exports by country, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2278/19]

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Charlie McConalogue

Question:

206. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the countries to which Ireland exports lamb; the volume and value in 2018 of such exports by country, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2279/19]

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Charlie McConalogue

Question:

207. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the countries to which Ireland exports pork; the volume and value in 2018 of such exports by country, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2280/19]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 205 to 207, inclusive, together.

In 2018 Irish agri-food exports reached an estimated €13.6 billion. Within that, overall meat and livestock exports increased by 1% to an estimated €3.97 billion according to the Bord Bia Performance and Prospects 2018/2019 report which I launched last week.

Bord Bia estimates the total value of beef exports, including offal, at just over €2.5 billion in 2018, an increase of 1% overall. The volume of beef exports, excluding offal, rose to an estimated 579,000 tonnes in 2018. The total volume of pigmeat exports is expected to increase to 264,000 tonnes while the value of pigmeat exports declined by 6% to an estimated €666 million. Sheepmeat exports in 2018 were estimated at €315 million, a 15% increase on the 2017 levels.

However, in order to provide a breakdown of exports at country level, as requested, it is necessary to use CSO trade statistics. CSO trade statistics for the whole of 2018 are not yet available. The following tables provide all the beef, pigmeat and sheepmeat exports for the period from the start of January to the end of October for 2018, the latest period for which data is available.

Beef

Jan-Oct 2018

Country

€000

Tonnes

United Kingdom

986,815

220,418

France

192,711

41,221

Netherlands

161,404

32,130

Italy

149,940

21,474

Germany

110,518

13,807

Sweden

74,077

16,558

Hong Kong

50,567

16,198

Belgium

45,805

4,873

Spain

45,610

8,417

Denmark

34,100

9,096

Philippines

25,931

14,356

Switzerland

19,050

1,692

Portugal

14,065

2,778

Czech Republic

12,733

2,339

Poland

8,126

2,940

United States

7,749

1,766

Ghana

7,311

7,191

Malta

4,738

654

Luxembourg

3,892

297

Austria

3,887

1,24

Other

33,513

17,564

Pigmeat

Jan-Oct 2018

Country

€000

Tonnes

United Kingdom

390,888

95,407

China

61,319

47,352

Denmark

47,722

18,433

Japan

32,795

11,895

Germany

26,977

13,931

France

16,491

2,704

Australia

14,909

5,391

United States

14,723

4,170

Czech Republic

13,433

5,308

South Korea

11,481

5,096

Spain

11,379

1,338

Netherlands

7,928

2,201

Philippines

6,837

7,193

Sweden

6,288

5,397

Canada

4,491

1,344

Poland

3,331

1,369

Italy

2,951

592

Belgium

2,675

2,144

Hong Kong

2,106

1,050

Portugal

2,033

168

Other

15,355

7,917

Sheepmeat

Jan-Oct 2018

Country

€000

Tonnes

France

85,606

15,700

United Kingdom

44,978

11,440

Germany

32,799

5,133

Belgium

23,565

3,216

Sweden

19,822

3,804

Switzerland

15,368

1,032

Italy

9,473

1,679

Denmark

9,277

1,224

Netherlands

6,048

1,308

Canada

3,611

841

Hong Kong

2,848

1,123

Austria

975

143

Spain

662

91

South Africa

574

708

Finland

553

105

Ivory Coast

526

748

Poland

450

139

Bulgaria

424

32

Luxembourg

421

52

Portugal

282

25

Other

2,0484

745

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