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Taiwan’s Imports of U.S. Beef, Pork Remained Strong in July

Taiwan’s July imports of U.S. beef (1,881 mt) were nearly six times the volume of a year ago, when Taiwan was enforcing a zero tolerance for ractopamine residues. Import value was seven times higher at $16.6 million.

For January through July, year-over-year imports of U.S. beef increased 130 percent in volume (19,385 mt) and 181 percent in value ($156.6 million). Taiwan’s total imports from all suppliers were up 19 percent in volume (57,201 mt) and 35 percent in value $378.8 million. The U.S. has been regaining market share from Australia and New Zealand.

January-July imports of chilled U.S. beef increased 188 percent in volume (5,770 mt) and 216 percent in value ($58.1 million).

July imports of U.S. pork were 760 mt, compared to just 211 mt a year ago. This pushed the January-July total up 29 percent to 5,385 mt. By value, January-July imports of U.S. pork were up 13 percent to $11.7 million. Taiwan’s total pork imports through July were 34 percent higher in volume (19,337 mt) and 15 percent higher in value ($38.9 million).

July imports of pork variety meat were up slightly from a year ago to 1,013 mt, pushing the year-to-date total 12 percent higher (7,419 mt). By value, imports of U.S. pork variety meat through July were up 15 percent to $17.2 million. Taiwan’s total pork variety meat imports over the seven-month period were up only slightly in volume (17,100 mt) and 2 percent higher in value ($34.8 million). For pork and variety meat, Taiwan has been importing higher volumes from the U.S. and Canada and less from the EU.