International Markets for Imported Pork by Country

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Global purchases of imported pork totaled US$29.7 billion in 2017. Overall, the value of pork imports declined by -0.4% for all importing countries since 2013 when international purchases of pork were valued slightly higher at $29.8 billion.

Year over year, worldwide imported pork appreciated by 9.1% from 2016 to 2017.

From a continental perspective, European countries accounted for the highest dollar worth of imported pork during 2017 with purchases valued at $14.5 billion or 48.8% of the global total. In second place were Asian importers at 34% while 11.1% of pork imported worldwide was delivered to North America. Smaller percentages were bought by customers in Latin America excluding Mexico but including the Caribbean (3%), Oceania (2.1%) then Africa (0.9%).

The 4-digit Harmonized Tariff System code prefix is 0203 for fresh, chilled or frozen swine meat.

Pork Imports by Country

Top 15

Below are the 15 countries that imported the highest dollar value worth of pork during 2017.

  1. Japan: US$4.4 billion (14.8% of imported pork)
  2. China: $2.22 billion (7.5%)
  3. Italy: $2.19 billion (7.4%)
  4. Germany: $1.8 billion (6%)
  5. Poland: $1.53 billion (5.2%)
  6. South Korea: $1.53 billion (5.2%)
  7. United States: $1.43 billion (4.8%)
  8. Mexico: $1.41 billion (4.7%)
  9. United Kingdom: $1.2 billion (4.1%)
  10. Hong Kong: $989.3 million (3.3%)
  11. France: $880.4 million (3%)
  12. Russia: $813.3 million (2.7%)
  13. Netherlands: $720.9 million (2.4%)
  14. Czech Republic: $673.3 million (2.3%)
  15. Romania: $541.9 million (1.8%)

By value, the listed 15 countries purchased 75.1% of all pork imports in 2017. Within parenthesis is the percentage of overall pork shipments for each importer.
Among the above countries, the fastest-growing markets for pork since 2013 were: China (up 100.9%), South Korea (up 85.8%), Romania (up 51.5%) and Hong Kong (up 46%).

Those countries that posted declines in their imported pork purchases were led by: Russia (down -61.9%), France (down -30%), Germany (down -28%) and Italy (down -18.8%).

Japan

Pork Imports into Japan

Japan’s global purchases of imported pork totaled US$4.4 billion in 2017. Below are the top 15 suppliers from which Japan imported the highest dollar value worth of pork during 2017. Within parenthesis is the percentage change in value for each supplying country since 2013.

  1. United States: US$1.3 billion (down -17.4% from 2013)
  2. Canada: $1 billion (up 32.4%)
  3. Denmark: $536.8 million (down -12.3%)
  4. Spain: $506 million (up 164.8%)
  5. Mexico: $409 million (up 25.7%)
  6. Chile: $119.7 million (down -25.2%)
  7. Netherlands: $119.2 million (up 69.8%)
  8. Germany: $96.8 million (up 290.2%)
  9. Hungary: $94.7 million (up 52.8%)
  10. France: $70.3 million (up 68.9%)
  11. Italy: $62.5 million (up 408.3%)
  12. Austria: $38.3 million (down -26.2%)
  13. Ireland: $34.5 million (up 69.4%)
  14. Brazil: $6.5 million (up 4,848%)
  15. Portugal: $4.6 million (no 2013 data)

The listed 15 countries shipped 99.8% of Japan’s pork imports in 2017.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing suppliers of pork to Japan since 2013 were: Brazil (up 4,848%), Italy (up 408.3%), Germany (up 290.2%) and Spain (up 164.8%).

Four countries experienced declines in the value of their pork supplied to Japanese importers namely Austria (down -26.2%), Chile (down -25.2%), United States (down -17.4%) and Denmark (down -12.3%).

Overall, the value of Japan’s pork imports increased by an average 9.6% from all supplying countries since 2013 when pork purchases were valued at $4 billion.

China

Pork Imports into China

China’s global purchases of imported pork totaled US$2.22 billion in 2017. Below are the top 15 suppliers from which China imported the highest dollar value worth of pork during 2017. Within parenthesis is the percentage change in value for each supplying country since 2013.

  1. Spain: US$439.7 million (up 266.1% from 2013)
  2. Germany: $392.7 million (up 86.4%)
  3. United States: $285.6 million (up 20.6%)
  4. Canada: $273.5 million (up 97.3%)
  5. Denmark: $181.9 million (up 32%)
  6. Netherlands: $156.4 million (up 4,150%)
  7. France: $116 million (up 43.2%)
  8. Brazil: $112.5 million (up 2,957%)
  9. Ireland: $66.5 million (up 151.3%)
  10. United Kingdom: $65 million (up 99.1%)
  11. Chile: $63.1 million (up 91.8%)
  12. Hungary: $44.2 million (no 2013 data)
  13. Belgium: $13.2 million (up 167.3%)
  14. Romania: $6.6 million (no 2013 data)
  15. Mexico: $2.1 million (no 2013 data)

The listed 15 countries shipped 99.9% of China’s pork imports in 2017.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing suppliers of pork to China since 2013 were: Netherlands (up 4,150%), Brazil (up 2,957%), Spain (up 266.1%) and Belgium (up 167.3%).

Overall, the value of China’s pork imports rose by an average 100.9% from all supplying countries since 2013 when pork purchases were valued at $1.1 billion.

Italy

Pork Imports into Italy

Italy’s global purchases of imported pork totaled US$2.19 billion in 2017. Below are the top 15 suppliers from which Italy imported the highest dollar value worth of pork during 2017. Within parenthesis is the percentage change in value for each supplying country since 2013.

  1. Germany: US$777.8 million (down -19.6% from 2013)
  2. Spain: $351 million (down -3.3%)
  3. Netherlands: $318.3 million (down -15.8%)
  4. Denmark: $201.6 million (down -23.6%)
  5. France: $198.8 million (down -37.6%)
  6. Austria: $121.4 million (up 14.5%)
  7. Poland: $119.6 million (up 12.5%)
  8. Belgium: $52.5 million (down -47%)
  9. Hungary: $28.3 million (down -58.6%)
  10. Ireland: $6.1 million (up 22.4%)
  11. Slovenia: $2.2 million (up 58.4%)
  12. Portugal: $2.1 million (up 20,920%)
  13. Switzerland: $1.42 million (up 785.6%)
  14. United Kingdom: $1.36 million (down -79.3%)
  15. Chile: $1.2 million (down -76.3%)

The listed 15 countries shipped 99.8% of Italy’s pork imports in 2017.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing suppliers of pork to Italy since 2013 were: Portugal (up 20,920%), Switzerland (up 785.6%), Slovenia (up 58.4%) and Ireland (up 22.4%).

Countries that experienced declines in the value of their pork supplied to Italian importers included: United Kingdom (down -79.3%), Chile (down -76.3%), Hungary (down -58.6%) and Belgium (down -47%).

Overall, the value of Italy’s pork imports fell by an average -18.8% from all supplying countries since 2013 when pork purchases were valued at $2.7 billion.

Germany

Pork Imports into Germany

Germany’s global purchases of imported pork totaled US$1.8 billion in 2017. Below are the top 15 suppliers from which Germany imported the highest dollar value worth of pork during 2017. Within parenthesis is the percentage change in value for each supplying country since 2013.

  1. Denmark: US$540.2 million (down -25.2% from 2013)
  2. Belgium: $524.2 million (down -40%)
  3. Netherlands: $292.6 million (down -4.4%)
  4. Spain: $135.5 million (down -40.2%)
  5. Poland: $98.9 million (up 85.9%)
  6. United Kingdom: $47 million (down -29.4%)
  7. France: $38.7 million (down -46.9%)
  8. Ireland: $26.9 million (up 6.3%)
  9. Italy: $21.4 million (down -44.9%)
  10. Austria: $16.9 million (down -38%)
  11. Chile: $6.5 million (down -58.7%)
  12. Czech Republic: $3.3 million (down -61.3%)
  13. Portugal: $2.94 million (up 122.6%)
  14. United States: $2.86 million (down -18.9%)
  15. Luxembourg: $2.7 million (down -11.4%)

The listed 15 countries shipped 99.6% of Germany’s pork imports in 2017.

Three top suppliers grew their pork sales to Germany since 2013 namely Portugal (up 122.6%), Poland (up 85.9%) and Ireland (up 6.3%).

Countries that experienced declines in the value of their pork supplied to German importers included: Czech Republic (down -61.3%), Chile (down -58.7%), France (down -46.9%) and Italy (down -44.9%).

Overall, the value of Germany’s pork imports fell by an average -28% from all supplying countries since 2013 when pork purchases were valued at $2.5 billion.



 

Searchable List of Pork Importer Countries

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RankImporter2017 Pork Imports% World Total
1.JapanUS$4.4 billion14.8%
2.China$2.22 billion7.5%
3.Italy$2.19 billion7.4%
4.Germany$1.8 billion6%
5.Poland$1.53 billion5.2%
6.South Korea$1.5 billion5.2%
7.United States$1.43 billion4.8%
8.Mexico$1.41 billion4.7%
9.United Kingdom$1.2 billion4.1%
10.Hong Kong$989.3 million3.3%
11.France$880.4 million3%
12.Russia$813.3 million2.7%
13.Netherlands$720.9 million2.4%
14.Czech Republic$673.3 million2.3%
15.Romania$541.9 million1.8%
16.Greece$532.9 million1.8%
17.Australia$465.1 million1.6%
18.Canada$445.2 million1.5%
19.Hungary$366.4 million1.2%
20.Austria$361.8 million1.2%
21.Portugal$329.2 million1.1%
22.Slovakia$328.7 million1.1%
23.Sweden$297.1 million1%
24.Singapore$279.3 million0.9%
25.Spain$259.8 million0.9%
26.Bulgaria$234.8 million0.8%
27.Croatia$222.9 million0.8%
28.Taiwan$220.7 million0.7%
29.Belgium$214.8 million0.7%
30.Chile$183.5 million0.6%
31.Colombia$175.3 million0.6%
32.Philippines$171.9 million0.6%
33.Denmark$145.1 million0.5%
34.New Zealand$139.5 million0.5%
35.Lithuania$132.6 million0.4%
36.Ireland$127.3 million0.4%
37.Slovenia$117.7 million0.4%
38.Argentina$104.9 million0.4%
39.Uruguay$89.7 million0.3%
40.South Africa$72.3 million0.2%
41.Latvia$69.2 million0.2%
42.Dominican Republic$68.3 million0.2%
43.Finland$63.1 million0.2%
44.Serbia$61.9 million0.2%
45.Macao$59.4 million0.2%
46.Angola$57.6 million0.2%
47.Malaysia$56.7 million0.2%
48.Montenegro$56.4 million0.2%
49.Estonia$55.9 million0.2%
50.Honduras$53.7 million0.2%
51.Vietnam$40.8 million0.1%
52.Costa Rica$37.2 million0.1%
53.Bosnia/Herzegovina$36.2 million0.1%
54.Georgia$34.7 million0.1%
55.United Arab Emirates$31.3 million0.1%
56.Macedonia$30 million0.1%
57.Guatemala$29.1 million0.1%
58.Peru$23.2 million0.1%
59.Congo$22.3 million0.1%
60.Democr. Rep. Congo$19.1 million0.1%
61.Cyprus$18.9 million0.1%
62.Côte d'Ivoire$18.7 million0.1%
63.Panama$18 million0.1%
64.Nicaragua$17.1 million0.1%
65.Luxembourg$16.9 million0.1%
66.Bahamas$16.9 million0.1%
67.Armenia$16 million0.1%
68.Gabon$15.5 million0.1%
69.Moldova$15.3 million0.1%
70.Venezuela$14.5 million0.05%
71.Belarus$14.3 million0.05%
72.Papua New Guinea$14.2 million0.05%
73.El Salvador$13.3 million0.04%
74.Trinidad/Tobago$11.6 million0.04%
75.Switzerland$10.4 million0.04%
76.Malta$10.1 million0.03%
77.Ukraine$10 million0.03%
78.Cuba$9 million0.03%
79.Albania$8.6 million0.03%
80.Aruba$8.5 million0.03%
81.Curaçao$8 million0.03%
82.French Polynesia$7.9 million0.03%
83.Equatorial Guinea$7.7 million0.03%
84.Namibia$6.6 million0.02%
85.Mongolia$6.6 million0.02%
86.Greenland$6 million0.02%
87.Brunei Darussalam$5.9 million0.02%
88.Iceland$5.7 million0.02%
89.Barbados$4.9 million0.02%
90.Andorra$4.6 million0.02%
91.Kazakhstan$4.5 million0.02%
92.Mozambique$4.3 million0.01%
93.Mauritius$4.2 million0.01%
94.Lesotho$4 million0.01%
95.US Minor Outlying Is$3.9 million0.01%
96.Haiti$3.8 million0.01%
97.Cabo Verde$3.8 million0.01%
98.Botswana$3.5 million0.01%
99.Kyrgyzstan$3.5 million0.01%
100.Seychelles$3.2 million0.01%
101.Liberia$3.1 million0.01%
102.Jamaica$3.1 million0.01%
103.Bahrain$3.1 million0.01%
104.Turkmenistan$3.1 million0.01%
105.Kenya$2.7 million0.01%
106.Norway$2.5 million0.01%
107.Azerbaijan$2.3 million0.01%
108.Timor-Leste$2.3 million0.01%
109.Qatar$2.3 million0.01%
110.India$2.3 million0.01%
111.Faroe Islands$2 million0.01%
112.Bermuda$2 million0.01%
113.New Caledonia$1.9 million0.01%
114.Ghana$1.8 million0.01%
115.Swaziland$1.7 million0.01%
116.Uzbekistan$1.7 million0.01%
117.Saint Lucia$1.7 million0.01%
118.Fiji$1.6 million0.01%
119.Laos$1.5 million0.01%
120.Saint Kitts/Nevis$1.5 million0.01%
121.Indonesia$1.5 million0.005%
122.Tanzania$1.4 million0.005%
123.Gibraltar$1.2 million0.004%
124.Cayman Islands$1.2 million0.004%
125.Ecuador$1.1 million0.004%
126.Micronesia$1 million0.003%
127.Egypt$1 million0.003%
128.Turks/Caicos Is$1 million0.003%
129.Samoa$812,0000.003%
130.Paraguay$809,0000.003%
131.Lebanon$715,0000.002%
132.Grenada$709,0000.002%
133.Cook Islands$670,0000.002%
134.Zambia$660,0000.002%
135.British Virgin Is$637,0000.002%
136.Palau$620,0000.002%
137.Uganda$569,0000.002%
138.Solomon Islands$568,0000.002%
139.Marshall Islands$549,0000.002%
140.Bhutan$513,0000.002%
141.Nauru$511,0000.002%
142.St Maarten (Dutch)$492,0000.002%
143.St Vincent/Grenadines$489,0000.002%
144.Cameroon$465,0000.002%
145.Myanmar (Burma)$430,0000.001%
146.Malawi$403,0000.001%
147.Senegal$396,0000.001%
148.Pitcairn$377,0000.001%
149.Maldives$364,0000.001%
150.Mali$350,0000.001%
151.Brazil$335,0000.001%
152.Zimbabwe$327,0000.001%
153.Tonga$323,0000.001%
154.Oman$321,0000.001%
155.Vanuatu$307,0000.001%
156.Iraq$292,0000.001%
157.Morocco$270,0000.001%
158.Anguilla$243,0000.001%
159.Nepal$220,0000.001%
160.Afghanistan$215,0000.001%
161.North Korea$214,0000.001%
162.Northern Mariana Is$211,0000.001%
163.Bolivia$197,0000.001%
164.Jordan$196,0000.001%
165.Djibouti$183,0000.001%
166.Somalia$180,0000.001%
167.Wallis/Futuna Is$170,0000.001%
168.Guyana$163,0000.001%
169.Falkland Is (Malvinas)$160,0000.001%
170.Suriname$156,0000.001%
171.Chad$141,0000.0005%
172.Sierra Leone$133,0000.0004%
173.Iran$130,0000.0004%
174.Dominica$126,0000.0004%
175.Guinea-Bissau$125,0000.0004%
176.Cambodia$117,0000.0004%
177.Comoros$116,0000.0004%
178.St. Pierre/Miquelon$112,0000.0004%
179.Saint Helena$108,0000.0004%
180.Tunisia$102,0000.0003%
181.South Sudan$86,0000.0003%
182.Tokelau$80,0000.0003%
183.French S./Antarctic Terr$78,0000.0003%
184.Bonaire/St Eustatius/Saba$75,0000.0003%
185.Tuvalu$60,0000.0002%
186.Tajikistan$60,0000.0002%
187.Belize$55,0000.0002%
188.Norfolk Island$36,0000.0001%
189.Togo$34,0000.0001%
190.Kiribati$33,0000.0001%
191.Burkina Faso$30,0000.0001%
192.Niue$25,0000.0001%
193.Central African Rep$23,0000.0001%
194.Guinea$21,0000.0001%
195.Ethiopia$13,0000.00004%
196.Rwanda$9,0000.00003%
197.Gambia$7,0000.00002%
198.Niger$5,0000.00002%
199.Libya$4,0000.00001%
200.Benin$4,0000.00001%
201.Sri Lanka$4,0000.00001%
202.Madagascar$2,0000.00001%
203.Montserrat$1,0000.000003%
204.Burundi$1,0000.000003%
205.Sudan$1,0000.000003%


See also Pork Exports by Country, Japan’s Top Trading Partners and China’s Top 10 Imports

Research Sources:
The World Factbook, Field Listing: Imports – Commodities, Central Intelligence Agency. Accessed on July 13, 2018

Trade Map, International Trade Centre. Accessed on July 13, 2018

Investopedia, Net Importer Definition. Accessed on July 13, 2018