Chinese demand looks set to continue

In 2015, the European Union exported just over a million tonnes of pork to China. Trade stats for the first few months of 2016 suggest a significant increase in exports, and this looks to be a continuing trend.

There is a supply shortage in China and with both the US and EU oversupply situation, there is a good opportunity to meet the Chinese deficit.

Our IMTA export director was recently interviewed by Reuters about this situation. IMTA represents international meat traders who play a crucial role in moving product from areas of oversupply to areas where there is a shortage and, similarly, where certain products are unpopular to where they are delicacies. Traders are well-connected with plants in the EU to assist them in accessing a multitude of global markets for which the traders have expertise and local contacts.

EU Agri Commissioner Phil Hogan recently returned from a visit to China and Japan, for which he was accompanied by a delegation from the agricultural industry. Following his visit he reported that it looks hopeful that there will be Chinese inspections for beef later this year in several member states.

Commissioner Hogan has committed to continue these visits to promote EU agricultural exports to markets around the world.

While the EU is interested in increasing its exports to the Chinese market, China has lodged a case with the WTO against the EU regarding the lack of access for Chinese exports of cooked duck to the EU. It would be a positive step to see the EU grant China some concession and enable a more cooperative and productive approach to the meat trade between the two.

IMTA supports the increase in opportunities for trade for imports and for exports as flexibility of supply makes for better food security and consumer choice.

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