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U.S. Pig and Sow Skin Market Access Restored to China

Monday, November 3, 2014

(American Meat Institute)

U.S. pig and sow skin products may once again be exported directly to China effective immediately. These products, along with a number of other U.S. pork products, were restricted from import in China in 2009 due to concerns related to H1-N1 "swine flu" occurrences. H1-N1 is not transmissible to either humans or animals via animal products. While most U.S. pork products regained market access in China shortly after the restrictions were instituted, U.S. pig and sow skins remained in limbo.

The U.S. exported 5.3 million pieces of pig and sow skins in 2013 at a value of just over $57 million dollars. China is the largest leather producing country in the world and represents a major opportunity to increase the value of U.S. exports of these products. In 2008, U.S. exports to China of pig and sow skins peaked at nearly $23 million in value prior to the institution of import restrictions.

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