US pork export hit by possible retaliation from China
US pork export industry is hit by China’s sudden strict import rules on US pork which seems to be a defiant warning to Washington in response to sweeping U.S. trade demands made on China.
According to a report from Reuters, China has ramped up inspections of pork shipped from the United States. What used to be a few days of halt at Chinese ports has become two weeks.
A source from a Shanghai-based meat trading firm also that said customs officials were samples from about 20 percent of U.S. pork shipments since last month, up from about 5 percent previously.
He also said that there had been no change for imports from other destinations the company buys from, including Canada and Europe.
Two German pork exporters, on the other hand, said they were not aware of any changes to inspections.
A more intensive sampling that started on April 23 was cited in an end of month report by US Department of Agriculture attache in Beijing.
The change has been noticed after U.S. President Donald Trump threatened tariffs on up to $150 billion of Chinese goods, largely because of U.S. allegations that Beijing misappropriates U.S. technology through joint-venture requirements, unfair licensing practices, outright theft and state-backed acquisitions of U.S. technology firms.