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Strong Start to April as U.S. Pork Exports Reach New 2016 High

Pork exports

U.S. pork exports for the week of April 1-7 set a 2016 high of 20,100 metric tons (mt), up 15 percent from the previous week and 13 percent above the previous four-week average. Exports increased to most major destinations including Japan (4,590 mt, +14 percent and the largest since June), Mexico (4,520 mt, +11 percent), China (4,230 mt, +36 percent and the largest since improved reporting began in August 2014), Hong Kong (1,140 mt, +64 percent and the largest since June), Australia (720 mt, +76 percent) and Colombia (530 mt, +34 percent), while exports decreased to South Korea (2,080 mt, -17 percent) and Canada (1,260 mt, -7 percent).

Pork net sales were 27,900 mt, up 5 percent from the previous week and 14 percent above the previous four-week average. Increased sales to Mexico (10,790 mt, +46 percent and the largest since September), Japan (9,470 mt, +124 percent and the largest since improved reporting began in August 2014), Korea (2,100 mt, +37 percent), Canada (1,690 mt, +13 percent) and Colombia (290 mt, +35 percent) more than outweighed slower sales to Australia (1,130 mt, -16 percent), Hong Kong (540 mt, -24 percent) and China (530 mt, -92 percent). Corrections resulted in negative net sales for Costa Rica (-100 mt).

Beef exports

U.S. beef exports totaled 11,800 mt, up 2 percent from the previous week and 6 percent above the previous four-week average. Exports to Mexico (1,900 mt, +41 percent) and Taiwan (900 mt, +64 percent) were the largest since December, while volumes also edged higher for Japan (3,830 mt, +3 percent) and Korea (2,480 mt, +7 percent). These results offset lower exports to Hong Kong (1,440 mt, -8 percent) and Canada (700 mt, -29 percent).

Beef net sales were 17,900 mt, up 58 percent from the previous week and 23 percent above the previous four-week average. Sales increased to Japan (6,520 mt, +16 percent), Korea (4,530 mt, +35 percent) and Mexico (3,930 mt, +173 percent and the largest since June 2014), but slowed to Canada (1,280 mt, -1 percent), Hong Kong (860 mt, -21 percent) and Taiwan (380 mt, -64 percent).



  • Source: USDA/FAS (includes exports and sales of whole muscle cuts).
  • Percent change is compared to the previous four-week average, unless otherwise noted.
  • Export is defined as an actual shipment from the U.S. to a foreign country.
  • Export sale is defined as a transaction entered into between a reporting exporter and a foreign buyer. Sales can be cancelled or adjusted in following weeks, thus “net” sales are reported as the difference between new sales and any cancellations or adjustments.