China sends pork to Russia, replacing US, Canada
China, the world’s biggest pork producer, will export pork to Russia’s far east region to replace meat supplies from the United States and Canada.
The change comes after Moscow imposed a one-year ban on a number of agricultural products, including meat, fish, poultry, fruit, vegetables, wine and dairy products from the US, the member nations of the European Union, Norway, Canada and Australia as retaliation for their economic sanctions.
In 2013, Russia purchased 79,300 metric tons of Canadian pork for $246.3 million and received $19 million worth of pork from the US, according to Russia’s Federal Customs Service.
Supported by a booming feed industry and surging domestic meat demand, China exported 1.68 million pigs and 73,000 metric tons of frozen pork in 2013.