The Chinese pig and pork production industry had been slowly recovering from the 2019 African swine fever but when the COVID-19 pandemic struck, it caused another blow to the industry.

Over the last few months, imports of breeding pigs into China have been ramped up, which has helped aid the recovery of breeding farms. As life is slowly returning to a "new normal" in China and COVID-19 is remaining under control there, the requirement and consumption of pork has rapidly increased.

Intradco Global has played a major part in delivering livestock to meet this demand, by flying the imported pigs from Europe into China. In its most recent operation, the Intradco Global team delivered three aircraft loads of breeding pigs, including Duroc, Landrace and Yorkshire nucleus herds. These were flown from Stansted airport to Xuzhou airport in Jiangsu, China. Intradco Global utilised three Ilyushin Il-76TD-90VD aircraft with custom-built crates and watering systems for the journey; the pigs flew via Denmark for full inspection and quarantine before continuing their journey to Jiangsu.