China meat imports drop 36% on year in April

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BEIJING: China imported 592,000 tonnes of meat in April, down 35.7 per cent from the same month a year earlier, customs data showed on Monday (May 9), as a surge in domestic pork output curbed appetite for shipments from abroad.

Imports have also been impacted by strained logistics caused by an extended COVID-19 lockdown in Shanghai.

Meat imports for the first four months of the year were down 36 per cent on a year before at 2.26 million tonnes, according to the data, released by the General Administration of Customs.

Demand for imported pork has slumped this year after Chinese hog farmers increased breeding to compensate for losses caused by African swine fever in recent years.

The surge in supply has come as demand has suffered from closure of restaurants across the country to contain China’s worst COVID-19 outbreak in two years.



Source: Reuters

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