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on February 15, 2017

Canada exported 1.246 million tons of pork in 2016

The exports were valued at CAD3.8 billion and went to more than 100 countries.

Canadian pork export statistics for 2016 show the Canadian pork industry exported 1.246 million tons of pork value at CAD3.8 billion to over 100 counties, according to the Canadian Pork Council (CPC). The United States, China and Japan remain Canada’s top three pork export markets in both volume and value.

“Pork producers understand that market access is of paramount importance to the sustainability of the country and the hog industry,” said CPC Chair Rick Bergmann in a press release. “The development of international market opportunities like Japan and China creates Canadian jobs across the country, attracts investment and contributes to growing the economy.”

Japan continued as a high valued market worth CAD1.07 billion for Canadian pork exports. Demand for Canadian pork in the Chinese market increased by 144 percent in 2016. Canada shipped approximately 12,500 forty-foot shipping containers filled with 312,000 tonnes of Canadian pork across the Pacific to China. The CAD580 million in sales of Canadian pork to China is an increase of 157 per cent.

"Canadian hog producers, pork processors and meat traders and the many other companies in Canada that provide inputs and services to our industry have a very strong interest in Canada aggressively pursuing further progress toward reducing agri-food trade barriers and trade-distorting subsidies, and achieving additional market access,” said Bergmann.

Canadian pork exports

The Canadian hog and pork industry generates CAD13.1 billion in economic activity and 31,000 on-farm jobs. Another 69,000 Canadians rely on the pork sector for their livelihoods. Well over 70 percent of the industry’s output is now exported, with pork and pork products shipped to almost 100 countries.

The CPC serves as the national voice for hog producers in Canada. A federation of nine provincial pork industry associations, the organization’s purpose is to play a leadership role in achieving and maintaining a dynamic and prosperous Canadian pork sector.

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