During April 2020, a total of 40,09% or 250 799kg of South Africa’s pork exports were sent to Namibia. Exports to Mozambique totalled 33,72% (191 758kg), followed by Lesotho at 10,72% (60 978kg), Hong Kong at 7,65% (43 501kg) and Nigeria at 1,58% (9 005kg). Smaller amounts of pork were exported to the Botswana (7 840kg), Swaziland (1 463kg) and Malawi (1 335kg).

The volume of pig exports amounted to 568 724kg with an average price of R29,33/kg. Compared to the previous month, pork exports decreased by 51,1%. The price (rand/kg) for exported pork increased by 3,9%.

(Source: SAPPO)
(Source: SAPPO)

Pork imports

During April, a total of 44,71% of South Africa’s pork imports came from Germany, amounting to 660 206kg. Brazil took up 14,7% (216 969kg), followed by France at 14,43% (213 019kg), the Netherlands at 7,18% (106 066kg) and Denmark at 7,06% (104 194kg).

The volume of pig imports totalled 1 476 548kg with an average price of R49,12/kg. Compared to the previous month, pork imports decreased by 31,8%. The price (rand/kg) for imported pork increased by 17,3%.

(Source: SAPPO)
(Source: SAPPO)

Slaughter figures

The number of pigs slaughtered to date totals 1 016 660, a decrease of 3,55% compared to the same month last year.

(Source: SAPPO)

Compared to last month, the number of slaughtered pigs in April increased by 7%. Gauteng had the highest number of slaughtered pigs, followed by the Western Cape. All the provinces except for Gauteng and the North West reported an increase in their slaughter figures compared to the previous month. – Compiled by Claudi Nortjé, AgriOrbit

Click here to view March’s pork trade report.