China pork, wheat imports hit record highs in July

24 Aug 2020 | Johnny Huang

China's imports of meat and grains rose in July this year, with volumes of pork and wheat reaching their highest monthly totals in history amid an economic recovery, customs data showed Monday.

Pork imports jumped 30,000 mt month-on-month to 430,000 mt in July 2020, more than double the total of 182,227 in the same month last year.

This was against a backdrop of rising pork prices in China due to a rebound in demand, while there were also supply disruptions due to floods.

Beef imports also jumped 30,000 mt on the month to 210,000 mt in July this year, the second-highest volume on record.

Meanwhile, wheat and corn imports also gained in July. Volumes of the former were up 20,000 mt on the previous month at a record 930,000 mt while the latter rose 30,000 mt month-on-month to 910,000 mt in July.

In contrast, Chinese imports of barley and sorghum retreated significantly.

The country imported 410,000 mt of barley in July this year, a drop of 90,000 mt from June, and sorghum imports of 520,000 mt were down 160,000 mt month-on-month.