Canada eyes China as main destination for its pork exports


The ASF situation in the Asian market creates an opportunity for Canadian exporters.

Posted on Apr 16 ,01:55

Canada eyes China as main destination for its pork exports

In the last decade, China has been the second market for Canadian pork exports, right after the US but the ranking may change as the Asian country increases its pork imports due to the ASF outbreaks started in August last year.
"China, again, is going through some challenges right now with African Swine Fever so they will be relying heavily on their import pork partners for supply and Canada is one of those suppliers so we are looking for our volume to grow in China.
Other good news for us is that we’ve started pilot projects with some Chinese end-user customers for chilled pork which is quite exciting for our industry. We’ve always done well in the frozen sector but this opens up a new category of trade us which we think will build over time and we’ll be working with our Chinese end-user partners to fully optimize that opportunity for Canada," declared Michael Young, Vice-President Technical Services and Marketing Programs with Canada Pork International, according to My Steinbach magazine.
2018 was the second highest year in terms volume for Canadian pork exports, with 1.2 million tonnes shipped worldwide, registering an increase of 15% compared with figures reported in 2008.

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