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China's Meat Imports Surge to Start 2023

Source:

The Beef Site

China imported 1.3 MMT of meat in January and February combined, up 21.2% from the same period last year. China doesn’t break down meat imports by category in the preliminary data, but much of the strong year-over-year increase was likely driven by pork imports, which began to ramp up in late 2022.

China imported 1.3 MMT of meat in January and February combined, up 21.2% from the same period last year. China doesn't break down meat imports by category in the preliminary data, but much of the strong year-over-year increase was likely driven by pork imports, which began to ramp up in late 2022.

 

USDA's attaché in Beijing expects pork production and imports, along with beef production to increase this year. China's pig crop in 2023 is forecast to decline 2% from last year to 700 million head but pork production is estimated at 55.5 MMT, up marginally from last year. The attaché expects China's pork imports to rise 4% amid increased demand to 2.2 MMT. It expects beef production to increase 3% to 7.4 MMT, while beef imports are forecast to be slightly lower at 3.4 MMT.