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In 2012, the Chinese food industry’s accumulated import volume grew by 19.21%. Among them, the import volume from January to October saw a year-on-year increase of 25.96%; 79% 65.35%, 2.95%, 23.32%, 61.48%, 37.46%, 28.45%, 14.73%, and 10.1% respectively, whereas in November and December, the import volume dropped by 24.03% and 15.07% respectively.
Dairy products are the main import commodities in our food industry, whose import accounted for 47.45% of the total imports of the food industry, followed by sugar, which accounted for 33.13%.
In 2012 , the major origin countries of Chinese imported food are New Zealand , Brazil , Thailand, the United States , Cuba , South Korea , France , Malaysia , Germany , and Australia, among which the import from New Zealand accounted for 29.84 percent, a year - on - year growth of 22.99% ; imports from Brazil accounted for 16.73% , down by 10.75% ; imports from Thailand take up 9.22% , an increase of 184.63% ; and import from the United States constituted 6.22% , up by 6.17%, whereas the import from Cuba occupied 4.12%, representing a year-on-year decrease of 7.64%.
The food is mainly imported into Guangdong, Shandong, Tianjin, Shanghai, Zhejiang, Beijing, Jiangsu and other provinces and cities, among which the import to Guangdong accounted for 20.81 percent, a year - on - year growth of 19.05% ; the import to Shandong took up 16.98%, a year - on - year growth of 89.36% ; the import to Tianjin was 15.97%, a year - on - year growth of 8.3% ; the import to Shanghai amounted to 13.21% , an increase of 22.74% ; and the import to Zhejiang was 7.52%, a year - on - year growth of 18.59%. Whereas the import to Beijing accounts only for 6.46%, a year - on - year decline of 16.64%.
In 2012, the national food industry’s import through general trade accounted for 85.72 %, a year-on-year increase of 19.43%; Bonded Warehousing re - imports of goods accounted for 7.14%, an increase of 21.22%; imports of bonded warehouse –based entry and exit of goods accounted for 3.69%, an increase of 52.83%; imports of processing with imported materials accounted for 2.52%, a year - on - year decline of 12.66%.