US pork imports to Canada increasing
US exports of fresh, chilled and frozen pork products
to Canada have been steadily increasing, and the gap between Canadian exports
and US imports were seen narrowing further, according to an official with the
Canadian Pork Council.
"The amount of US
pork being imported into Canada has been steadily rising while shipments of
Canadian pork into the US has been slowly declining," said Martin Rice, an
executive director with the Canadian Pork Council.
The decline in
Canadian pork products to the US was partly linked to the decline in pork
processing in Canada, as well as to Canadian producers who are finding it more
profitable to ship their feeder pigs to the US to farrow and finish them, Rice
said. Future business model
Meanwhile, the Canadian
pork processing business model for the future seems to be not to get involved in
fresh cuts. "That is already evident by the number of businesses which have
already left the pork product business," he said.
With less pigs to
process in Canada, Rice projected that Canadian exports of pork to the US would
decline to below 300,000 tons, while imports of US pork remain constant at
around 200,000 tons if not a bit higher.
Rice predicted that
Canada's offshore market share for pork products will decline further,
especially as the production of hogs in Canada still has to undergo a further
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