During the first seven moths of 2010, China’s total poultry imports from South America showed a marked increase.

China imported 102.1 thousand tons of poultry from Argentina, nearly twice more than last year. In August of 2009, China began importing poultry from Brazil and the numbers have increased monthly. Imports from Brazil reached 157.3 thousand tons in the first seven months of 2010.

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Overall, however, China's poultry imports have so far come in at 335.8 thousand tons, a yearly reduction of 20%. In particular, poultry imports from the U.S. reduced 81% to 67.7 thousand tons, causing the imported U.S. poultry coverage in China to reduce to 20% from last year’s 85%.