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Mexico Leads Big Week for U.S. Pork Exports; Large Beef Net Sales to Asia

U.S. pork exports for the week of Aug. 16-22 totaled 11,700 mt, up 27 percent from the previous four-week average. Exports to Mexico (6,000 mt) were double the previous four-week average. Other top destinations included Japan (1,500 mt), Canada (1,400 mt), Hong Kong (1,300 mt) and South Korea (300 mt).

Net sales of 12,600 mt were up 67 percent from the previous four-week average and were primarily for Mexico (6,700 mt, +255 percent), Hong Kong (1,900 mt, +332 percent), Canada (1,500 mt), Japan (1,000 mt) and Taiwan (300 mt).

U.S. beef exports totaled 14,200 mt, down 5 percent from the previous four-week average. Exports were mainly for Japan (4,100 mt), Mexico (2,800 mt), Canada (2,200 mt), Hong Kong (2,000 mt), Korea (1,900 mt) and Taiwan (600 mt). Compared to the previous four-week averages, exports were larger for Mexico (+9 percent) and Korea (+6 percent) but lower for other major destinations.

Net sales of 23,200 mt were up 89 percent from the previous four-week average and the largest since March (when strong sales were reported for Japan), driven by large volumes for Korea (7,500 mt, +309 percent and the largest since March 2012). Net sales were also strong for Japan (5,100 mt, +72 percent), Hong Kong (4,100 mt, +119 percent) and Taiwan (1,364 MT, +99 percent and the largest of 2013). Other main destinations were Canada (2,100 mt, +23 percent) and Mexico (2,000 mt, -26 percent).
WeeklyNetSalesToKorea NetSalesToTaiwan Editor’s Notes:
  1. Percent change is compared to the previous four-week average, unless otherwise indicated.
  2. Mandatory pork export sales reporting is still in its early stages and the data represents less than 40 percent of chilled/frozen pork exports, so it is not yet representative of actual volume.
  3. Source: USDA/FAS