Since the end of last year, Chinese authorities have authorised the Portuguese slaughterhouses Maporal, ICM Pork and Montalva to export to the country.

Those responsible for the sector estimate that the value of sales will double to €200 million next year.

The event, seen by Portuguese producers as the “most important” event for national pig farming “in the last 40 years”, will, however, also have inflationary effects in Portugal.

The price of pork in China rose almost 50 percent last August, year on year, due to a devastating outbreak of African swine fever, which resulted in the slaughter of more than one million pigs, according to official data.