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China’s September meat imports inch up on August numbers

13 October 2020

China imported 834,000 tonnes of meat in September 2020, slightly higher than last month.

According to Reuters, Chinese customs data suggests that the world’s biggest meat consumer is continuing to stockpile protein after its pork output fell precipitously.

The large volume compares to August's imports of 832,000 tonnes and suggests there has been little impact from the suspension of exports by some overseas plants facing coronavirus outbreaks among workers.

Imports for the first nine months of the year are up 72 percent at 7.41 million tonnes, the General Administration of Customs said.

Customs only began releasing monthly data for all meats combined this year.

China's pork output fell 19 percent in the first half of the year after the fatal hog disease African swine fever ravaged its huge hog herd over the last two years.

In a separate statement, customs said that pork imports for the first nine months reached 3.29 million tonnes, up 132.2 percent year on year.

That means September pork imports came to 380,000 tonnes, Reuters calculations show, up from the prior month's 350,000 tonnes.

Beef imports for the first nine months rose 38.8 percent year on year to 1.57 million tonnes, added the statement, with Reuters' calculations giving a September number of 180,000 tonnes.

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Source: Reuters


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