Pork imports more than doubled

BEIJING - China's imports of pork, the country's staple meat, more than doubled in the first seven months as prices of domestically produced pork soared and supply fell, according to customs statistics released on Thursday.
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Pork imports in the first seven months jumped 130 percent from the same period a year ago to 30,000 tons, with a value of 28.8 million US dollars, up 140 percent.

Meanwhile, the country's pork exports dropped 39.7 percent to 95,000 tons, worth 180 million U.S. dollars.

The rising imports resulted from price hikes triggered by rising production costs, the outbreak of blue-ear pig disease and farmers' reluctance to raise pigs, according to the General Administration of Customs.

All the imports in the January-July period were from the European Union, Canada and the United States, while 92.3 percent of the exports went to other Asian countries.

Source: China Daily

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