China’s scramble to import as much meat as possible to compensate for the drop in pork supply from a pig-killing disease has left it with a big problem: Cold storage space at its major ports is running out.

Importers have stockpiled a large amount of meat — mostly pork and beef — and chilled storage at ports including Tianjin, Shanghai and Dalian is now almost full, said Wang Zhen, an official at China’s Cold Chain Logistics Subcommittee, an industry group.

The meat is likely to be stored at the ports through to the end of the year in anticipation of the country’s peak consuming season, Wang said. Fresh sizable shipments will have to wait until buyers can find storage place, she said.

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