Russian import lock: test for the meat industry of the EU Member States

EU pig prices 2014 compared to the major production areas

The year 2014 pork prices subject to a strong hardness test as a result of the Russian import ban. How has significant EU member countries from the affair involved?

The basic price developments in the 3rd quarter quite in the usual seasonal railways. The price drop in the Feb. 14, which the import ban was was striking. The subsequent price recovery is up into the late summer due to the demand as a result of the effect of the grill. At the same time, the Lebendangebot declined. With the transition from III to IV quarter came from the collapse of different normality. On the one hand the increasing numbers of battle and the advanced import lock of Russia on other kinds of meat was triggered. The price downturn differs significantly from the 5-year average.

On the most recent time presents itself the German price curve , almost always in the top pane. Only the little Ireland can keep up with.

At the lower end of the price scale, the strong surplus countries Netherlands and Belgium are to recover. The strong export orientation towards Russia has to create these areas made with comparatively small marketing structures.

Denmark with a self-sufficiency rate of 650% finds himself in the middle. Obviously effective corporate structures on the generation and other stages of marketing have can handle the export slump towards Russia significantly better than those in the comparison less structured Dutch and Belgians. High export dependency for themselves is not a sufficient reason for price weaknesses.

This also applies to France with his particular problem a certain edge resistance in the EU internal market. The focus of French pig farming is in the NW of the country, well-removed from the consumption centres. The self-sufficiency rate is close to 100%. Despite little pronounced dependency on exports the French pork economy proves to be very sensitive to price changes in the competitive environment. Low self-sufficiency rate alone does not protect against price losses.  

The outstanding position of in Germany is on the one hand to owe a less high self-sufficiency rate of 110%. On the other hand, Germany has effective production and marketing structures in particular in the North-West area.  A difference of €0.20 per kg are, after all, between Germany and the two weaker competitors.  Despite same trade classes some sacrificing of the comparability to make that are not waive the fundamental difference however.

The sudden disappearance of a significant Absatzgebietse the best marketing structure without price cuts can put away.

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