When did we finally find out how much pork the US imported?

In 2016, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) finally released the total number of pork imported into the US from all over the world, but the data is still incomplete.

The US Meat Inspection Service (USMS) provided data on pork imports from the EU, China, India, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America, but that data only covers imports of a single type of pork—cattle—and the data does not include pork that is produced domestically.

In 2016 the US Meat Inspectors also released data on US imports of beef, pork, and poultry, but it is not as complete, as USMS only reports imports of one type of beef—bison—and poultry—beef and poultry.

The total number for 2016 was 5,933,903, but USMS says that total for 2017 is currently 4,078,093.

According to the data, the country with the largest total pork imports is the United Arab Emirates (UAE), which imports about 2.4 million metric tons of pork and poultry per year.

But USMS also reported that the UAE imported about 2,890,000 metric tons in 2017.

The country with largest total beef imports is Bangladesh, which imports roughly 1.7 million metric ton per year and has the largest meat export market in the world.

According for the first time, the data showed the total amount of pork that was imported from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) into the United State was 583,847,828 metric tons.

The United Kingdom is second on the list of pork imports, followed by China, followed and then India.

However, the EU and India have a huge pork export market, and it is unlikely that USMS will release any new data on this market anytime soon. 

The USMS released data from the 2016 pork export report. 

According to the latest data, in 2016, China imported about 4,917,955 metric tons (about 1.4% of the total), followed by India with 4,097,818 metric tons, followed closely by the United Republic of Tanzania with 3,918,632 metric tons and then the United African Emirates with 3 and 1,879,874 metric tons each.

The United Arab Emirate and the UAE are also in the top 10 countries that import the most beef, with an average of 8.4 metric tons per year of beef exported to the United states.

The data on poultry imports from all around the world was not released, but we do know that the US has a large chicken export market.

According the data from 2016, USMS reported that China had about 1,738,400 metric tons exported in 2016.

The rest of the top ten countries exporting poultry are the United Empire Islands (E.U.), the United Provinces (UP), the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), and the Republic of Sudan (Sudan).

The data also shows that the United Union of South Africa (USAS) has a high chicken export rate of 1.0 metric tons a year.

In fact, the number of US poultry exported from the US to other countries in Africa is more than double that of the United Sates poultry exports.

The EU has a very high poultry export rate with 3.9 metric tons annually, followed in third place by the US.

The third highest exports are from Germany and France. 

Source: USMS, The Pork Export Report, 2016. 

This article has been republished with permission from  The Daily Meal.