China Purchases More U.S. Pork Before Additional Tariffs Kick In

China Pork Prices Surge 083019
A cargo ship loads containers for export. ( Farm Journal Media )

USDA data shows that China made a small purchase of American pork from Aug. 16 to Aug. 22, before an additional 10% tariff on farm imports is slated to kick in on Sept. 1.

China bought 1,861 metric tons of U.S. pork last week, up from 220 metric tons a week earlier, according to USDA data. A more significant purchase of 10,211 metric tons was made between Aug. 2 and Aug. 8. 

The purchases continue despite escalating trade tensions, Reuters reports. The battle with African swine fever (ASF) continues to impact the world’s largest pork producer and consumer of pork, pushing Chinese pork prices to record highs.

China’s commerce ministry said on Aug. 29 that it will work on increasing pork imports and release frozen meat from state reserves to increase supplies.

After China announced additional tariffs on U.S. agricultural goods, U.S. President Donald Trump announced new duties on about $550 billion on targeted Chinese goods.


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