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Canada’s 2013 Pork Exports Down Slightly, Beef Edges Higher

Canadian-pork-exports

Canada’s 2013 pork/pork variety meat exports were down 1 percent from a year ago to 1.095 million mt. Exports were larger to the United States (335,439 mt, +13 percent), China (160,240, +12 percent), Mexico (67,540 mt, +35 percent) and the Philippines (47,817 mt, +29 percent) but lower for Japan (174,305 mt, -12 percent), Russia (89,461 mt, -55 percent) and South Korea (39,612 mt, 31 percent).

Canada’s 2013 pork imports declined 8 percent to 186,650 mt. The United States (176,776 mt, -9 percent) accounted for 95 percent of Canada’s imports, but the European Union (8,000 mt, +13 percent) achieved some growth in this market over the past year.

Live hog imports into the U.S. from Canada totaled 5.05 million head, down 10 percent from 2012. All categories were lower, including feeders (4.14 million, -12 percent), direct slaughter barrows and gilts (362,458, -14 percent) and slaughter sows (456,132 head, -2 percent).

Canadian-beef-exports

Canada’s beef/beef variety meat exports totaled 279,869 mt – up 3 percent from 2012’s low levels but still down 17 percent compared to 2011. Volume to the U.S., which accounts for more than 70 percent of Canada’s total beef exports, remained steady at 197,799 mt while exports increased to Hong Kong (25,397 mt, +38 percent), Japan (15,532 mt, +18 percent) and China (6,496 mt, +378 percent).

Canada’s 2013 beef imports were down 3.5 percent to 213,190 mt, with imports from United States (164,674 mt, -3 percent) accounting for 77 percent of the volume. Australia (17,654 mt, +13 percent), New Zealand (15,311 mt, -27 percent) and Uruguay (12,443 mt, +11 percent) were the other suppliers.

U.S. imports of Canadian cattle were up 30 percent to 1.056 million head, with a large increase in feeders (315,628, +134 percent) and slaughter cows/bulls (381,200, +50 percent) offsetting a decline in direct slaughter fed cattle (346,620 head -17 percent).

Sources: Global Trade Atlas and USDA/AMS