China meat imports drop 36% on year in April - customs


Reporting by Hallie Gu and Dominique Patton; Editing by Kim Coghill and Bradley Perrett, Reuters

via Financial Post (Canada) - May 09, 2022


BEIJING China imported 592,000 tonnes of meat in April, down 35.7% from the same month a year earlier, customs data showed on Monday, 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% 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...