Hungary becomes the 15th country supplying Chinese pork market

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With a modest shipment of 26.68 tons of frozen pork knuckle to China’s Tianjin port, Hungary became the the world’s 22nd country with access to China’s meat market, and the 15th to access its pork market, specialised portal GlobalMeatNews reported. An agreement granting Hungary access to the Chinese market for pork has been signed last year. Hungary is also keen to ship beef and milk to China, after Hungarian minister for agriculture, Sandor Fazekas, signed a protocol with Zhi Shuping, head of the Chinese General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine in November, 2014. China has just stopped pork imports from its main Eastern Europan suppliers. Poland had a 7.3pc share of China’s pork import in 2013, selling 42,738 tons, which made it China’s sixth-largest source of imports, but China has a ban in place now on Polish imports on disease grounds. While agricultural products and infrastructure are priorities for China in its cooperation with Central Eastern European countries, the worry remains that Chinese demand may be sluggish this year with domestic pork prices largely flat, GlobalMeatNews added.