Southern China’s Guangdong province imported a total of 139,000 tons of frozen pork in the first seven months of this year, a huge year-on-year increase of 680 percent, according to the Interfax news agency. The value of these imports was RMB957 million (USD$140 million), a year-on-year increase of “8.2 times.” Most of the imported pork came from the European Union and the United States.

Liang Yuhong from the Guangdong Swine Industry Association was reported as saying that the big increase in imports was due to rising demand and favourable tax rates. The Chinese government reduced its import tariff on frozen pork imports from 12 percent to 6 percent on June 1 this year.