China’s meat imports fall 17% from September 2020

China’s meat imports in September fell sharply from a year ago to their lowest in 19 months, customs data showed on 13 October.
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Reuters reports that the falloff can be partially explained by cheap domestic pork undercutting the demand for overseas supplies.

China brought in 694,000 tonnes of meat in September, down 17% from the same month a year ago, according to the General Administration of Customs. Shipments in the first nine months of the year were 7.38 million tonnes, down 0.4% from last year’s volumes, the data showed.

September imports were also down from the 758,000 tonnes brought in during August and were the lowest since February 2020.

Domestic pork prices have plunged this year, after production surged because of successful efforts to restock and expand farms following an African swine fever epidemic that decimated herds during 2018 and 2019.

Prices are currently at 15.2 yuan ($2.36) per kg, a third of what they were at the start of the year.
Beijing has stepped in to prop up prices, launching a fresh round of stockpiling for its state reserves this month after purchasing 50,000 tonnes in July.

Producers were still losing more than 500 yuan per hog during August, according to agriculture ministry data.

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Source: Reuters

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