China Ramps Up Imports of US Pork as African Swine Fever Spreads

Last week, China imported 3,348 metric tons of pork from the United States and ordered another 9,384 metric tons—the largest amount since Communist Party authorities boosted tariffs on U.S. pork in April.

China has been plagued by an epidemic of African swine fever, with the disease affecting pigs in many provinces, including the provincial-level municipalities of Beijing, Shanghai, Tianjin, and Chongqing.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Nov. 29 that China ordered 12,732 tonnes of pork in the week ended Nov. 22, 3,348 tonnes of which will be shipped this year, and the rest delivered in 2019. It’s China’s largest order of U.S. pork since February, before the start of the Sino-U.S. trade war.

In 2017, China was the second-largest buyer of U.S. pork. Total purchases amounted…

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