The United States exported 27.5 billion [sic: read million] kilograms of pork to China in the first two months of this year-almost six times what it shipped in the same period last year, according to the United States Department of Agriculture. China’s pork imports may top 1 million metric tons for the first time in 2016 and are likely to be up by at least 28 percent on the 777,000 tons imported last year, Reuters reported. Demand from China will also benefit farmers in Germany and Brazil…Full Article: China Daily Apr 2016

Key Point

  • Since 2015, according the USDA, US pork output has outpaced beef.

ChinaAg Comments

  • According to USDA data, in January and February 2016, the US exported 12,820 MTs and 16,848 MTs of pork meat products to China (incl. Hong Kong), respectively. In January and February 2015, these figures totaled 3,697 MTs and 4,482 MTs, respectively.
  • According to Chinese customs data, from 2011 to 2014, Chinese imports of US pork products decreased from 269,239 MTs to 133,202 MTs. Mainland China was the primary importer and not Hong Kong.

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