Brazil to start exporting pork to China in 2012

18 October 2011

Sao Paulo, Brazil, 18 Oct – The first shipments of Brazilian pork meat to China are expected to take place at the beginning of 2012 although authorised production companies can export the meat starting in November, an association official said.

Cited by the Brazilian press, Pedro de Camargo Neto, chairman of the Brazilian Association of Pork Meat Producers (Abipecs), said that although exports could begin this year, it was in 2012 that the three authorised companies would start exporting pork meat and that in the first 12 months exports were expected to total 50,000 tons.

Last April an agreement was signed to authorise pork exports from Brazil to China from three refrigeration facilities, run by the Aurora cooperative (Santa Catarina) e BrasilFoods (Goiás) and Marfrig (Rio Grande do Sul).

A study published in September by the United States Department for Agriculture showed that the in 2012 the Chinese are expected to consume over 51 million tons of pork, or 4 percent more than the estimated amount for this year. (macauhub)