Korea’s meat imports in 2011 to reach $3 billion

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Korea’s meat imports in 2011 to reach $3 billion

Korea’s meat imports in 2011 are expected to reach $3 billion, up nearly 55 percent from a year earlier, with imports of pork more than doubling, the country’s customs office said yesterday.

In the first 11 months of the year, the country imported 850,000 tons of meat, including beef and chicken, worth over $2.95 billion, according to the Korea Customs Service. The 11-month total represents a 52.9 percent hike from $1.93 billion in the same period in 2010.

The increase was largely led by pork imports, which jumped to 460,000 tons in the January-November period from 289,000 tons in the same period a year earlier.


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