Which Country Imports the Most Pork in the World?

Swine/Pigs January 25, 2018
Author: Anna Sergeeva
Market Analyst

Global pork imports amounted to 10,388 thousand tonnes in 2015, ascending by +2.0% against the previous year level. Overall, the global pork imports indicated a pronounced growth from 2007 to 2015. The trend pattern, however, indicated some noticable fluctuations throughout the analyzed period. The total import volume increased at an average annual rate of +3.4% over the last eight years.

The growth pace was the most rapid in 2008, when the output figure increased by +12% from the previous year level. Over the period under review, the global pork imports reached its maximum volume in 2015, and is likely to continue its growth in the immediate term.

In value terms, global pork imports amounted to $23,947 million in 2015. Overall, the value of global pork imports increased robustly from 2007 to 2015, expanding at an average annual rate of +1.8%. This trend pattern, however, indicated relatively mild fluctuations throughout the analyzed period.

Top Pork Importing Countries in the World

1. Italy (1021K Tonnes)

2. Germany (925K Tonnes)

3. Japan (791K Tonnes)

4. China (778K Tonnes)

5. Mexico (723K Tonnes)

6. Poland (659K Tonnes)

7. Rep. of Korea (453K Tonnes)

Pork Imports By Country

The countries with the highest levels of the pork imports in 2015 were Italy (1,021 thousand tonnes), Germany (925 thousand tonnes), Japan (791 thousand tonnes), together accounting for 26% of total imports.

From 2007 to 2015, the most notable growth rates of pork imports among the main importing countries was attained by China (+31.7% per year), while the other global leaders experienced more modest paces of growth.

In value terms, Japan (3,513 million USD), Italy (2,028 million USD) and Germany (1,566 million USD) were the countries with the highest levels of imports in 2015, together accounting for 30% of total imports.

China (+36.1% per year) had the highest growth rates of pork imports among the main importing countries over the last eight years, while the other global leaders experienced more modest paces of growth.

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Source: World: Pork (Meat Of Swine) - Market Report. Analysis And Forecast To 2025