(Yicai Global) Dec. 30 -- China imported 644,000 tons of meat last month, an 82 percent increase from a year ago, amid loosening regulation to satisfy demand after African swine fever outbreaks, according to customs data.
China has opened up to 16 new meat-exporting countries over the year while the number of nations that sell pork to China reached 20, CCTV reported today, citing China Customs. The range of meats imported from 21 countries has also been expanded, it added.
In the first 11 months of this year, China imported 42 percent more meat at 5.5 million tons from a year earlier. Within that figure, 1.8 million tons consisted of pork products, rising 66 percent.
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