China’s meat imports drop to 20-month low in October

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BEIJING, Nov 8 (Reuters) – China’s meat imports in October fell from a year ago to their lowest in 20 months, customs data showed on Sunday, as cheap domestic pork cut demand for overseas supplies.

China brought in 664,000 tonnes of meat in October, down 12.8% from the same month a year ago, according to the General Administration of Customs, the lowest since February 2020.

Shipments in the first 10 months of 2021 were 8.05 million tonnes, down 1.5% from last year’s volumes, the data showed.

October imports were also down from the 694,000 tonnes brought in during September.

The largest share of China’s meat imports is pork, but domestic prices have plunged this year, after a surge in production following the devastating African swine fever epidemic outpaced demand.

By Dominique Patton / Reuters

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