Germany and Middle East Lead the Way as Lamb Exports Surge

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Germany and the Middle East continue to be key markets for British lamb as new figures show sheepmeat exports surged last year.

Exports jumped 7.1% by value and 12.6% by volume compared to the previous year despite a lower than usual volume of trade in December.

The publication of the full-year export statistics for 2019 by HMRC show that trade in lamb increased to a wide variety of countries, both in Europe and beyond.

However, the largest growth in exports has been in two markets which has consistently been targeted – Germany and the Middle East.

A comparison of the volume of sheepmeat exports from the UK in 2018 and 2019 shows a 27% increase in sales to Germany to over 19,000 tonnes.

For the Middle East, a massive 319% jump (2,000 tonnes) in trade was seen to countries including Qatar, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates and Jordan.

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