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 EU. The Netherlands is the largest exporter of beef, the second largest exporter of poultry meat (after Poland) and the fourth largest exporter of pork (after Spain, Germany and Denmark). The main destinations for Dutch meat exports are Germany (mainly beef and veal), the United Kingdom (mainly poultry) and China (mainly pork).

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

The Netherlands is also the largest exporter in terms of export weight. In 2020, 3.6 billion kilograms of meat exported. The Netherlands has been a major meat exporter for decades. In 2000, for example, the Netherlands was already the largest exporter to the EU, with an export of 2.4 billion kilogram of meat5 trillion euro).