Recently released 2016 Canadian pork export statistics show the Canadian pork industry can fill global demand when favourable terms of access to foreign markets exist.
“Pork producers understand that market access is of paramount importance to the sustainability of the country and the hog industry,” stated CPC Chair Rick Bergmann. “The development of international market opportunities like Japan and China creates Canadian jobs across the country, attracts investment and contributes to growing the economy.”
In 2016, the pork industry exported over 1.2 million tons of pork, valued at $3.8 billion to over 100 countries.
The United States, China and Japan remain Canada’s top three pork export markets in both volume and value.
The globally competitive Canadian hog and pork industry generates $13.1 billion in economic activity and 31,000 on-farm jobs, while another 69,000 Canadians rely on the pork sector for their livelihoods.