Australia and South Africa grow UK exports

Australia and South Africa have both reported have a rise in exports to the UK as the British love of New World wine endures.

South Africa said that the UK remains its number one export market after the value of shipments climbed 5% to 1.84 billion rand (£102.8 million) in 2018.

That left it ahead of Germany and the Netherlands as the most lucrative international market for South African producers.

Overall the country grew exports by 4% last year and Wine of South Africa chief executive Siobhan Thompson said: “While 2018 proved to be a challenging year for the industry, we have managed to put our best foot forward and strive to continue along this trajectory.

“We have proved that we are producers of world-class, high-quality wines that deserve to have this reflected in the bottom line.”

The UK remains the leader importer of Australian wine by volume, but it is third in value after China and the US as it takes a lot of bulk shipments.

Volume exports to the UK grew 10% to 27.3 million 9-litre cases in the past year and value grew 12% to AU$389 million (£215 million).

Overall exports rose 10% in the past year for the Australian wine trade. “These figures demonstrate strong international demand and they highlight how Australian wine exporters have worked diligently to develop and maintain international markets,” said Andreas Clark, chief executive at Wine Australia. “This demand translated into growth in almost all price segments.”

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