China sends pork to Rus­sia, re­plac­ing US, Canada

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWSCAPSULE -

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.

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