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Latest figures show a 13% increase in Japanese pork imports in January to September this year, compared with the same period in 2013. With additional supplies available, the EU became the main provider of pork to Japan.

Latest figures show a 13% increase in Japanese pork imports, to 619,200 tonnes, in January to September this year, compared with the same period in 2013. This was the highest nine month figure for pork imports since 2005. Since the PEDV outbreak began in October 2013, Japan had reportedly lost around 360,000 pigs up to the end of August this year, resulting in tight supplies and higher pork prices. As a direct consequence, the Japanese import requirement for pork has increased, which is reflected in the latest trade figures. The value of total imports between January and September totalled ¥339.4 billion, 17% up on last year, resulting from rises in both volumes and the average import price.

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With additional supplies available, the EU became the main provider of pork to Japan, increasing its market share to 38%, up from 31% a year earlier. In the first nine months of this year, the EU supplied 234,400 tonnes of pork, 38% more than the same period in 2013. Amongst the key EU suppliers, Danish shipments rose by just over a fifth and Spanish volumes doubled. The increasing importance of EU supplies has partly resulted from the shortages on the US market. However, the United States remained the leading country supplier, accounting for 34% of the total. In the first nine months of this year, imports from the US remained almost unchanged from the previous year. Shipments from Canada and Mexico increased by 3% and 11% respectively in the latest figures.