The EU is the worlds second biggest producer of pigmeat and the biggest exporter. Pigmeat belongs to the products covered by the Single Common Market Organisation.
With 150 million pigs and a yearly production of about 22 million t carcass weight the EU is the world's second biggest producer of pigmeat after China and also the biggest exporter of pigmeat and pigmeat products.
The EU's main producer countries are Germany, Spain and France. They represent together already half of the EU's total slaughter.
The EU has a self sufficiency of about 111% and exports about 13% of its total production. Most of the EU's pigmeat exports go to East Asia, in particular China.