The European Union is one of the world's top producers in poultry meat and a net exporter of poultry products. Over the years the market organisation for poultry sector was improved to ensure the development of the sector, the quality of the products and consumers protection while harmonizing the entire market.
In 2012 the 12.4 million tons of poultry meat production along with the imports (0.82 Mio T) and Exports (1.3 Mio T) kept the self-sufficiency level in European Union at 104%.
The leading countries in poultry meat production are France, closely followed by UK, Germany and Poland. These four countries ensure half of the EU production of poultry meat.
The EU imports high value products mainly from Brazil (70% of total EU poultry meat imports) and Thailand (20%), poultry breasts and other high value added products, such as cooked preparations etc.
The average value of imports is 2.65 EUR/kg.
Exports are of lower value (1.40 EUR/kg) but the range of products as well as the range of destinations is much wider.
Half of exports are shared between five destinations relatively equally (Saudi Arabia, Benin, South Africa, Hong Kong and Russia) while the other half goes to a long list of countries