China to buy more US pork to fulfill phase one trade deal

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US frozen pork inventories dropped in June, as exports to China surged. An analyst said that China is implementing the phase one trade deal, buying $32 billion worth of US agricultural products over two years despite a global shrinkage of trade caused by COVID-19.

US frozen pork stocks were down 25 percent year-on-year by June, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) said Wednesday, after several US meat plants reported coronavirus outbreaks among their workers.

Seaborne exports to China jumped 135 percent year-on-year in June, per data from Panjiva, a supply chain research unit of S&P Global.

“US pork clearance requests and inquiries have increased from April,” Ailian, a logistics and clearance agency based in Shanghai, told the Global Times Thursday. The company declined to disclose specific data.

It said that the customs clearance time for frozen meat is almost the same as it was before, because China’s meat import quarantine measures have always been very strict and COVID19 tests do not take a long time.

According to the latest data from the US Meat Export Federation, China imported 333,445 tons of pork from the US from January to May in 2020, up 531.4 percent from last year. China accounted for 29.4 percent of all US pork exports.

Chinese pork production giant Shuanghui Group said during an online performance presentation earlier that it will expand imports of US pork this year.

China currently imports meat from 41 countries and regions, and over 2,000 overseas meat production enterprises are qualified to export to China, according to customs statistics.

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