BEIJING, May 7 (Reuters) - China imported 922,000 tonnes of
meat in April, up 6.9% from the same month a year earlier,
customs data showed on Friday, as the world's top pork producer
continues to face domestic shortages.
China's output of pork has plunged following outbreaks of
deadly hog disease African swine fever since 2018, spurring
strong demand for imports of pork and other meat.
The imports were only slightly lower than the record 1.02
million tonnes that arrived in March, data from China's General
Administration of Customs showed.
The large shipments came even as China's output of pork
surged in the first quarter following intensive efforts to
restock and expand farms last year.
A fresh wave of African swine fever and other diseases over
winter prompted farms, wary of the risk of infection, to send
pigs to slaughter early, increasing the volume.
Though domestic pork prices <PORK-CN-TOT-D> fell sharply in
recent months, imports are expected to remain high, with a
supply shortage set to last through the rest of the year.
Meat imports in the first four months of the year reached
3.55 million tonnes, up 16.9% from the same period last year,
the data also showed.
(Reporting by Dominique Patton; Editing by Tom Hogue)