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News | May 08 2020

Spain is the World’s Leading Exporter of Pork to China

Spain’s meat industry is a driver of growth, with pork producers leading the way, in China and in other markets around the world

Iberico pork from Spain. Tomás Zarza/@ICEX.

Spain is officially the leading exporter of pork products to China. The sector has experienced notable growth, with the number of authorized companies doubling year-on-year to 58. In 2019, Spain exported over 660,000 tons, reflecting incredible growth of 99.9% in terms of volume and 209.4% in terms of value, compared with 2018.

One of the keys to the sector’s success is companies’ adherence to China’s protocol, which requires that producers maintain strict oversight and inspections to ensure the quality and the safety of their products.

Obtaining authorization to export to China as well as other markets around the world offers meat producers an important opportunity. In fact, the National Meat Processing Industries Association of Spain (ANICE) is working to open up strategic markets for producers of other types of meat, such as beef and lamb, with the participation of the government. This sector is a very important part of the economy and is the leading export segment in the agri-food industry.

Spain’s meat sector exported more than 2.7 million tons of meat and meat byproducts in 2019, valued at 7.5 billion euros. Revenues from outside Spain increased by 26%. This performance is mainly attributable to the pork sector. Spain is currently the third-leading pork exporter in the world, trailing behind the US and Germany and ahead of Canada.


Iberico pork from Spain. Tomás Zarza/@ICEX.

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