Pigs will fly, the old saying goes, and for Britain, pork exports to China have given the economy a boost, government environment secretary Elizabeth Truss announced Friday [3 July 2015]. Global pork exports from Britain have rocketed 44 percent in the last five years generating almost 334 million U.S. dollars a year for the British economy, the minister said. Truss said the pork industry was given a significant boost after the British government opened up pork trade with China in 2012. The exports to China are now worth 47 million dollars each year…Full Article: ECNS.cn July 2015

Key Point

  • In January 2015, the UK’s Environment Secretary visited China in order to expand British exports such as pork and pig’s trotters (i.e. pig’s feet).

ChinaAg Comment

  • From 2010 to 2014, UK pork exports to mainland China increased from just under 2,000 MTs to 28,244 MTs while export to Hong Kong decreased from 17,311 MTs to 16,968 MTs. Overall, in 2014, UK exported more than 45,200 MTs of pork to mainland China and Hong Kong.

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