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 2014 the 13.1 million tons of poultry meat production along with the imports (0.8 Mio T) and exports (1.5 Mio T) kept the self-sufficiency level in European Union at 103%. The leading countries in poultry meat production are Poland (13.7 %), France (12.7 %), closely followed by UK (12.4 %), Germany (11.4 %) and Spain (11.1 %).
These five countries ensure 61.3% of the EU production of poultry meat.
The EU imports high value products mainly from Brazil (60% of total EU poultry meat imports) and Thailand (30%), poultry breasts and other high value added products, such as cooked preparations etc.
The average value of imports was 2.59 EUR/kg in 2014.
Exports are of lower value (1.37 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 (South Africa, Benin, Hong Kong, Saudi Arabia and Ukraine) while the other half goes to a long list of countries.