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China Plans Record U.S. Pork Imports to Resolve Trade War

  • Shipments may surge to 300,000 tons in trade-war truce
  • African swine fever outbreak in China seen determining volumes
Buyers look at slaughtered pig carcasses hanging from hooks at a meat wholesale market in Shanghai.

Buyers look at slaughtered pig carcasses hanging from hooks at a meat wholesale market in Shanghai.

Photographer: Qilai Shen/Bloomberg

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China may increase U.S. pork imports to a record this year as part of a commitment to bolster purchases of American farm goods to resolve the trade war, according to people familiar with the situation.

Imports may rise as high as 300,000 metric tons of pork in 2019, the people said. That amount would be 81 percent more than the 166,000 tons in 2017, before the trade dispute started. One of the people said the Asian nation may order 200,000 tons in the first half of the year alone.