China Announces Anti-Dumping Investigation on European Pork

Beijing’s Retaliation to EU’s Proposed Tariffs on Chinese Electric Vehicles

The Chinese government has announced a new anti-dumping investigation targeting European pork producers. This move comes as a response to the European Union’s recent decision to impose additional tariffs on Chinese electric vehicles.

China’s Ministry of Commerce stated on Monday that the investigation will focus on pork and its by-products. This development is widely seen as China’s counteraction to the EU’s tariff plan. Pork is one of the most consumed meats in China, with items like fresh and frozen pork, as well as by-products such as pig ears, snouts, and offal, being common on the tables of the nation’s 1.4 billion people.

Significant Import of Pork

In 2023, China imported pork valued at $6 billion, including offal. More than half of these imports came from the European Union. Spain is the largest supplier within the EU, followed by France, the Netherlands, and Denmark. Germany has not exported pork to China since 2020 due to an outbreak of swine fever, which led the Chinese government to halt imports from the country.

Previous Investigations

This is not China’s first anti-dumping investigation against European products. In January, the Ministry of Commerce launched an investigation into European brandy, affecting primarily French producers. Experts had anticipated that pork might be the next target given China’s significant domestic production of the product.

Duration of the Investigation

The Ministry of Commerce indicated that the investigation could last until June 17, 2025, with a possibility of a six-month extension if needed. This ongoing trade tension highlights the intricate economic relationships and retaliatory measures between China and the European Union.