UK beef exports were up 20% by volume in June compared with the same month last year, while the value of the offal trade increased by 70% on the year, according to HMRC.

A 9% fall in the unit value of beef was more than offset by the increase in volume, which hit 9,600t in June, said Eblex. Exports were worth £33.4m in June – up 9% on the year.

This was driven by increased shipments of fresh and chilled carcasses to the Netherlands, while cuts to France also performed well.

The offal trade was striding ahead with shipments to all major destinations reported to be higher. Volumes were up two-thirds on the year to more than 3,500t, reaching a value or £4.9m.

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A 50% rise in offal shipments to Hong Kong made up for lower average values to some export destinations.

May showed a 14% increase in volume of beef exports, after HMRC significantly revised its data, having previously reported a drop in May.