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Strong Week for U.S. Pork, Beef Exports and Pork Net Sales

Weekly-Beef-Exports

U.S. beef exports for the week of Nov. 28-Dec. 4 totaled 14,000 metric tons (mt), up 14 percent from the previous four-week average with larger exports to all major markets except Japan. The primary destinations were Hong Kong (3,400 mt, +38 percent), Japan (3,200 mt, -6 percent), South Korea (2,400 mt, +3 percent), Mexico (2,100 mt, +27 percent), Canada (1,400 mt, +32 percent) and Taiwan (660 mt, +24 percent).

Beef net sales were 10,000 mt, down 1 percent from the previous four-week average. Sales were higher to Japan (3,200 mt, +22 percent), Mexico (1,900 mt, +62 percent) and Taiwan (720 mt, +149 percent). Sales were lower to Korea (1,400 mt, -25 percent), Hong Kong (1,100 mt, -58 percent) and Canada (1,000 mt, -1 percent).

Weekly-Beef-Sales

Net sales for delivery in 2015 were reported for Korea (2,000 mt), Hong Kong (700 mt), Taiwan (200 mt) and Japan (200 mt).

U.S. pork exports for the week totaled 45,600 mt, up 158 percent from the previous four-week average and the largest since increased reporting began in late July. Sales were higher to Mexico (18,700 mt, +259 percent), Japan (8,000 mt, +137 percent), Korea (5,700 mt, +100 percent), Hong Kong (4,200 mt, +305 percent), Canada (3,600 mt, +107 percent) and China (1,370 mt, +26 percent).

Pork net sales totaled 35,300 mt, up 185 percent from the previous four-week average and also the largest since late July. Sales were higher to Mexico (13,900 mt, +426 percent), Japan (5,700 mt, +47 percent), Korea (4,800 mt, +224 percent), Hong Kong (4,300 mt, +611 percent) and Canada (3,400 mt, +386 percent).

Net sales for delivery in 2015 were reported for Mexico (5,100 mt), Canada (2,400 mt), Japan (1,500 mt), Korea (1,200 mt) and Chile (800 mt).

NOTES:

  • 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 cancelations or adjustments.