U.S. beef exports for the week of May 20-26 totaled 13,100 metric tons (mt), up 1 percent from the previous week and 1 percent above the previous four-week average. Primary destinations were Japan (4,500 mt, -1 percent), South Korea (2,700 mt, +8 percent), Mexico (1,700 mt, -10 percent), Hong Kong (1,400 mt, +23 percent), Canada (1,200 mt, -9 percent) and Taiwan (900 mt, +3 percent).
Beef net sales were 10,000 mt, unchanged from the previous week but 32 percent below the previous four-week average. Sales were mainly reported for Korea (4,000 mt, -46 percent), Taiwan (1,700 mt, +2 percent), Japan (1,600 mt, -33 percent), Mexico (900 mt, -28 percent), Canada (700 mt, -23 percent) and Hong Kong (600 mt, -27 percent).
U.S. pork exports totaled 21,900 mt, up 6 percent from the previous week but 2 percent below the previous four-week average. Primary destinations were Mexico (6,400 mt, -6 percent), China (4,500 mt, -3 percent), Japan (4,200 mt, +6 percent), Canada (1,400 mt, +10 percent), Korea (1,300 mt, -36 percent), Hong Kong (1,250 mt, +64 percent) and Australia (1,145 mt, -1 percent).
Pork net sales continued to rebound from an early May low, reaching 22,000 mt – up 59 percent from the previous week and 25 percent above the previous four-week average. Net sales were mainly reported for China (7,600 mt, the largest since April following four weeks of relatively slow sales), Mexico (4,600 mt, -48 percent), Japan (4,200 mt, +47 percent), Hong Kong (3,300 mt, the largest in 14 months), Korea (800 mt, -45 percent) and Canada (800 MT, -57 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.