Canadian pork exports to China

Demand for high-quality pork products remains strong in China and Canada remains a reliable and quality supplier of pork.  

China is a very important market for Canadian producers.  In 2018, Canada’s pork exports were almost $4 billion, of which $514 million was exported to China making it our third largest export market. 

So far this year, up to April 2019, 146,188 tonnes of Canadian pork were shipped to China, worth $310,226,000. These numbers represent a 52.8% increase in volume and a 80% increase in value over the same period in 2018.



YTD April 2019 

YTD April 2018

Change %

Total 2018


146,188 tonnes

95,685 tonnes


283,215 tonnes






Volume 2019

Volume 2018

Value 2019

Value 2018

  1. China
  2. US
  3. Japan
  1. US
  2. China
  3. Japan
  1. Japan
  2. US
  3. China
  1. US
  2. Japan
  3. China

Canadian pork producers were informed that China will no longer be accepting Canadian pork products due to concerns regarding the validity of an export certificate. As a result, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency has stopped issuing export certificates to China for all pork and beef products as of June 25, 2019. This halt in Canadian exports is not the result of a food safety concern but the misuse of Canada’s reputation as a supplier of safe quality products. 

The Canadian Pork Council, Canadian Meat Council and Canada Pork International, are working closely with government officials to better understand the situation and identify potential next steps. We are aware that Canadian government officials have been in contact with their Chinese counterparts and are hopeful this will lead to a quick resolution.

Demand for pork products remains strong in China and Canada producers look forward to having the opportunity to continue to meet the needs of our Chinese customers.