Canadian Pork Industry Sets New One Million Tonne Export Record

OTTOWA – The Canadian pork industry broke export records in 2005, shipping 1.029 million tonnes of pork, worth $2.84 billion ($CDN).
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The United States was the largest importer of Canadian pork last year, with 388,000 tonnes purchased, at a value of $1.89 billion. However, sales to the U.S. have continued to decline over the past two years, and for the first time in many years, now represent less than 40 per cent of the total Canadian pork export market.

Japan remains Canada’s second largest customer, acquiring 266,000 tonnes of pork at a cost of $1.01 billion, a jump of 30 per cent in both volume and dollar value.

Australia continues to be the third largest market, buying 35,000 tonnes in 2005, for $126 million.

South Korea, Mexico, China/Hong Kong and Romania were also strong markets for Canadian pork, with purchases valuing over $50 million in each country.

South Korean imports leaped 80 per cent to 60,000 tonnes, and a staggering 133 per cent in value to $100 million. Sales to Mexico declined slightly to 63,000 tonnes, and rang in at $88 million. Exports to China/Hong Kong amounted to 53,000 tonnes and $64 million, while those to Romania rose considerably in 2005 to reach 28,000 tonnes and $57 million.

Sales to Russia, Taiwan, New Zealand, Cuba and the Philippines also each exceeded $10 million.

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