US pork council expects lower exports to China


The US pork industry last year sent USD 1.1 billion worth of product to China, making it the third largest export market after Japan and Mexico. Dave Warner, a spokesman for the National Pork Producers Council, said producers have already seen the value of their pigs fall after a previous Chinese tariff.

Mr Warner said pig producers will likely feel the effect of the new tariff, though it is not yet clear exactly how. “I’m guessing we won’t be sending as much pork to China,” he said. He added that exports often consist of pig parts not in demand domestically, such as offal, and that China’s huge population and demand for pork represents an opportunity for US producers. “They need a lot of it, we have a lot of it, so hopefully everyone comes to their senses,” he said.


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