Beijing will lower import tariffs on over 850 products including frozen pork from January next year, the finance ministry said on Monday, which may help ease the pressure on the country’s depleted pork supply.
China has been hit by a severe pork shortage after African Swine Fever tore through the country’s pig herds. More than a million pigs have been culled due to the disease, according to official statistics, and prices of the staple meat have more than doubled.
Monday’s announcement said tariffs on frozen pork will drop from 12 per cent to 8 per cent from January 1.
According to the announcement from the Tariff Commission of the State Council, the changes will optimise “the trade structure and promote the high-quality development of the economy”.
Other products which will have lower import tariffs include food products — such as fish, cheese and nuts — pharmaceuticals and a range of chemical products.
From July 1 next year, China will also further reduce some tariffs on some technology products, said the ministry in a statement on its website.