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·         Column: Late-year surge in U.S. soy, pork exports driven by China

·         China Says Rush to Boost Pork Supplies Raises Risk of Outbreaks

·         Economic Watch: China steps up meat imports to ensure holiday supply



Column: Late-year surge in U.S. soy, pork exports driven by China


Karen Braun, Reuters

January 8, 2020


FORT COLLINS, Colo. (Reuters) - Bigger shipments to China late last year substantially increased U.S. soybean exports and lifted pork exports to record-high levels, but the soybean numbers are still not great relative to previous years and the pork figures are less impressive when China is removed from the mix.


The United States exported 7 million tonnes of soybeans in November…




ASF has significantly reduced China’s own pork production, and that has been beneficial to global suppliers who have seen a boost in business to the Asian country as a result. The United States shipped 259,814 tonnes of pork in November, an all-time high for any month.


China was the top destination for U.S. pork in November with 78,776 tonnes, some 30% larger than the previous record monthly volume set in July 2019.


Total 2019 U.S. pork exports through November were a record 2.39 million tonnes, but if shipments to China are subtracted, the volume is a three-year low and about 5% below 2018’s high for the period.


As of Dec. 26, nearly 345,000 tonnes of U.S. pork were on the books to be shipped in 2020, with about 96,000 tonnes slated for non-China destinations. That is above the recent average for the date, though it will be important to monitor these “other” sales going forward as huge Chinese purchases may continue to overshadow demand from the rest of the world.




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China Says Rush to Boost Pork Supplies Raises Risk of Outbreaks


Bloomberg News

January 7, 2020


China’s race to boost pork supplies by increasing hog breeding has raised the risks of worsening the swine fever crisis, the government said.


The African swine fever situation “is still severe and complex,” Vice Agriculture Minister Yu Kangzhen said during a press conference in Beijing on Wednesday. “The risk of outbreaks will rise with the rapid increase in the number of live hogs.”


The rare show of candor by the Chinese government on a disease that’s roiled the industry follows months of comments tamping down speculation that the situation was out of control. It also affirms concerns that restocking herds when the disease is endemic could further delay a recovery...





Economic Watch: China steps up meat imports to ensure holiday supply


Source: Xinhua(China)| Editor: xuxin



BEIJING, Jan. 8 (Xinhua) -- As the Chinese Lunar New Year draws near, global meat producers are rushing to meet the surging demand for protein on Chinese dining tables.


China's meat imports have seen a significant rise in the past year as the government lifted bans to fill a gap in domestic supply.


The country began to import meat products from 16 more countries in 2019, with imported meat hitting 5.49 million tonnes in the first 11 months, climbing 42 percent year on year, customs data showed.


In November alone, the country imported 644,000 tonnes of meat, surging 82 percent year on year, while pork imports increased 151.2 percent year on year to stand at 230,000 tonnes.


Hit by outbreaks of African swine fever, China's pig herd shrank notably in the past year, pushing up prices of pork and its alternatives.


As the staple meat is key to many traditional dishes for the Lunar New Year, the country has announced various measures including boosting imports to ensure holiday supply.


The country's pork-related imports were expected to top 3 million tonnes in 2019, while meat imports were estimated to exceed 6 million tonnes, according to the Ministry of Commerce.


The increase in imports, coupled with pork reserves to be released and a recovery in domestic hog production, will help meet demand in the coming Chinese New Year, said Vice Minister of Agriculture and Rural Affairs Yu Kangzhen Wednesday.


Among the incentives to encourage meat imports...