Information : Meat

According to the CSO Ireland exported almost €3.8 billion worth of meat with a volume of over 1 million tonnes in 2017. This includes the following sectors and commodities:

 

  • Beef worth over €2.4 billion or more than 550,000 tonnes was exported to around 70 countries. This made Ireland the 5th largest net exporter of beef in the world. In value terms 92% of beef products was exported to countries within the EU and 8% exported to Third Country markets. In terms of volume 86% of beef products was exported to countries within the EU and 14% exported to Third Country Markets.

  • Pigmeat worth over €790 million which is equivalent to over 275,000 tonnes was exported to around 55 countries. In value terms 75% of pigmeat products was exported to countries within the EU and 25% exported to Third Country markets. In terms of volume 63% of pigmeat products was exported to countries within the EU and 37% exported to Third Country Markets.   

  • Sheepmeat worth over €310 million, or over 60,000 tonnes,  was exported to around 45 countries. In value terms 89% of pigmeat products was exported to countries within the EU and 11% exported to Third Country markets. In terms of volume 88% of pigmeat products was exported to countries within the EU and 12% exported to Third Country Markets.

  • Poultrymeat with a value of over €275 million, and a volume of over 130,000 tonnes, was exported to almost 40 countries. In value terms 89% of poultry products was exported to countries within the EU and 11% exported to Third Country markets. In terms of volume 80% of poultry products was exported to countries within the EU and 20% exported to Third Country Markets.

Export Statistics (xls 33Kb)  

Meat can be exported within the EU on a commercial document and outside the EU to Third Countries on Veterinary Health certificates bilaterally agreed the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine and its counterpart Competent Authority in the Third Country concerned. The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine has responsibility for the certification of meat that is exported to Third Countries on bilateral certificates.  However, meat can also be exported to a range of Third countries on general meat export health certificates, although such exports take place at the exporter and/or importers own risk.

 

At present Irish meat is exported to around 70 countries around the world, both within the European Union on general commercial documents and outside the European Union, either on the basis of bilaterally agreed veterinary health certificates or on general meat certificates.  Products exported include:

  • Beef
  • Pigmeat
  • Sheepmeat
  • Poultry
  • Cooked meats

Further information on this trade and these certification conditions is available on this website.