Before the recently imposed import ban, China became the most important buyer of pork from Germany in the first half of the year.

As reported by the Federal Statistical Office, 233,300 tons were exported to China between January and June.

According to this, exports have more than doubled compared to the same period of the previous year, making up 26.8 percent of all pork exports.

For comparison: between January and July 2019 it was 12.9 percent.

From the point of view of the Federal Office, the ban on imports to China, which was imposed in Brandenburg due to cases of African swine fever (ASF), is now putting the meat industry under pressure.

The Chinese demand for pork has recently increased on the world market, as China has been fighting an outbreak of swine fever since the end of 2018 and has reduced its own livestock.

The People's Republic is the world's largest consumer of pork.

Consumers in Germany felt the increasing demand from China

China replaced Italy as the largest buyer, to which the German meat industry had still exported the most pork in the first half of 2019.

In the first half of 2020, exports to Italy still made up 15.2 percent of pork exports.

A total of 870,700 tons of pork worth 2.4 billion euros were exported in the first six months.

The increasing demand from China and the resulting lower supply were also felt by consumers in Germany.

For pork, an average of 8.6 percent more had to be paid in August 2020 - compared to the prices in August 2019. Meat and sausage products rose by 5.7 percent in the same period, with consumer prices for food overall only during this period increased by 0.7 percent.

According to statisticians, pig farming in Germany has been declining for years.

As of May 3, 2020, 25.5 million pigs were being kept - that is one million animals less than ten years ago and corresponds to a decrease of 3.9 percent.

During the same period, the number of businesses also fell by almost 40 percent.

As a result, the average pig population recently increased from 795 to 1,248 pigs per farm.

At last there were 20,400 pig farms.