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U.S. pork exports to China remain high even as American supermarkets limit the amount of meat customers can buy at one time.
The United States sent nearly 17,500 tons of pork to mainland China in the week ending on April 30 compared to less than 4,000 tons at the same time last year.
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In fact, U.S. pork exports to China have skyrocketed since the end of 2019 after much of China's pig population was destroyed by an African swine fever epidemic.
That number was expected to stay high after China agreed to buy billions of dollars of pork a year as part ofPresident Trump's phase one trade deal. Now, U.S.-China tensions caused by the coronavirus pandemic may throw off the agreement.