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Looking back on 2019: one year on from China's first ASF outbreak

Since the first outbreak of African swine fever in China in August 2018, the disease has spread to every province in mainland China. What have been the impacts on China's pork import market?

23 December 2019, at 9:30am

On 3 August 2018, the first case of African swine fever (ASF) was detected in Liaoning Province of north-eastern China. Over the past year, it has spread rapidly nationwide and up to the end of August 2019 a total of 156 separate outbreaks had been confirmed, covering 107 cities across 31 provinces. In other words, all provinces in mainland China, together with Hong Kong, have now reported instances of the virus.

pork in a supermarket in China

Angela Zhang, IQC Insights, provided the follow-up to her article, What does 2019 hold for China's import market? in September this year. She discussed China’s slumping hog inventories and contrasting soaring pork prices; growing pork imports and diversified alternative meat categories; and the changing political landscape impacting China's pork industry. Angela also provided her forecast for the coming months.

Access the full article, One year on from the first ASF outbreak, where is China's pork industry heading?