China Sept meat imports slightly up on month at 834,000 T - customs

 

Reporting by Dominique Patton; Editing by Christian Schmollinger and Muralikumar Anantharaman, Reuters

October 12, 2020

 

BEIJING, Oct 13 (Reuters) - China imported 834,000 tonnes of meat in September, customs data showed on Tuesday, slightly higher than last month, as the worldís biggest meat consumer continues to stock up on proteins after a plunge in its pork output.

 

The large volume compares to Augustís imports of 832,000 tonnes and suggests there has been little impact from the suspension of exports by some overseas plants facing coronavirus outbreaks among workers.

 

Imports for the first nine months of the year are up 72% at 7.41 million tonnes, the General Administration of Customs said.

 

Customs only began releasing monthly data for all meats combined this year.

 

Chinaís pork output fell 19% in the first half of the year after the fatal hog disease African swine fever ravaged its huge hog herd over the last two years.

 

In a separate statement customs said that pork imports for the first nine months reached 3.29 million tonnes, up 132.2% year on year.

 

That means September pork imports came to...

 

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