During December 2019, a total of 51,70% of South Africa’s total pork exports went to Mozambique, which totalled 587 526kg. Namibia took up 20,23% of total exports with Botswana at 10,64%, Lesotho at 15,71% and Qatar at 0,33% next in line.

The total volume of pig exports totalled 1,136 tons with an average price of R41,55/kg. Compared to the previous month, pork exports increased by 21%. The price (rand/kg) for exported pork increased by 16%.

The total pork exports consisted of:

  • Other cuts: 51%
  • Carcasses: 20%
  • Hams, shoulders and cuts: 15%
  • Ribs: 14%

Table 1: Total exports per year.

Year 2016 2017 2018 2019
Ton 7 960 9 513 10 226 9 853

Pork imports

Month-on-month imports decreased by 5%, while cumulative year-on-year imports decreased by 20%. During December 2019, a total of 43,56% of South Africa’s total pork imports came from Germany, which totalled 983 609kg. Brazil took up 20% of the total imports with Canada at 12,12%, Spain at 10,03% and France at 6,78% next in line.

The total volume of pig imports totalled 2,258 tons with an average price of R39,22/kg. Compared to the previous month, pork imports decreased by 5%. The price (rand/kg) for imported pork decreased by 4%.

The total pork imported consisted of:

  • Other cuts: 21,66%
  • Carcasses: 0%
  • Hams, shoulders and cuts: 3,18%
  • Ribs: 75,15%

Table 2: Total imports per year.

Year 2016 2017 2018 2019
Ton 26 238 27 409 35 269 28 144

Slaughter figures

Pigs slaughtered in 2019 totalled 3 237 535. The number of slaughtered pigs increased by 1,32% compared to the same month last year.

Source: SAPPO

Compared to the previous month, the total pigs slaughtered decreased by 3%. Most pigs were slaughtered in Gauteng (39%) and the Western Cape (21%). – Press release, SAPPO