The Netherlands is the largest meat exporter in the EU

After the Netherlands, Spain, Germany, Poland and Denmark are the largest meat exporters in the European Union. The Netherlands is the largest exporter of beef and veal, the second exporter of poultry meat (after Poland) and the fourth exporter of pork (after Spain, Germany and Denmark). The main destinations for Dutch meat exports are Germany (mainly veal and beef), the UK (mainly poultry) and China (mainly pork).

Of the total meat exports of 8.8 billion The euro is 85 percent of exports of meat produced or processed in the Netherlands and 15 percent of re-exports or transit.

The Netherlands is also the largest exporter in terms of export weight. In 2020, 3.6 billion kilograms of exported meat. The Netherlands has been a major meat exporter for decades. For example, the Netherlands was already the largest exporter to the EU in 2000, with exports of 2.4 billion kilograms of meat (5 billion euro).