Arizona pork producers feel pain of US-China trade war: report

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The pork industry of the United States has lost about 1 billion U.S. dollars since a trade row was ignited by the White House last year, said the Arizona Farm Bureau, a farm and ranch organization in U.S. state of Arizona.

Pork producers have complained that their export business has been hit hard by the trade war between the world's largest economies, since China has imposed a 60-percent levy on pork coming from the United States, according to a Wednesday report by local KOLD News 13.

Julie Murphree with the Arizona Farm Bureau was quoted as saying that China previously purchased a lot of pork from the United States and the high demand from China pushed pork to become more of a global meat.

China has been leaning more on Canada and Brazil for pork, Murphree added.

The pork market in Arizona contributes 30 to 40 million dollars to the industry every year, Murphree said.

Rod Miller, a pork producer who runs one of the largest pork operations in Arizona, estimates about 30 percent of his business goes to China.

His overseas sales have now taken a hit.

Miller raises a special kind of pig that the Chinese market wants. He used to ship more than 250 a month to China, but the number has been cut in half since the trade war, according to the report.

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