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U.S. Pork, Beef Exports Post Weekly Highs for 2013

While export sales reporting for pork is still in its early stages, exports opened August with the best performance of the year. Exports for Aug. 2-8 totaled 12,400 mt, up 42 percent from the previous four-week average, with the primary destinations being Mexico (3,100 mt), Japan (2,500 mt), Ukraine (2,400 mt), Canada (1,200 mt) and Hong Kong (1,200 mt). Compared to the previous four week averages, exports were larger for Japan (+114 percent), Canada (+31 percent) and Ukraine (up from 366 mt). Mexico and China edged slightly lower and Hong Kong was down 11 percent. Weekly US Beef Exports to Asia

Net sales of 8,500 mt were up 34 percent from the previous four-week average and were primarily for Japan (3,300 mt), Ukraine (2,400 mt), Canada (700 mt), Chile (500 mt) and Hong Kong (400 mt).

Beef exports also hit a weekly high for the year of 16,100 mt, up 6 percent from the previous four-week average. The primary destinations were Japan (5,000 mt), Mexico (2,500 mt) Canada (2,400 mt), Hong Kong (2,400 mt), South Korea (2,000 mt) and Taiwan (730 mt). Compared to the previous four-week averages, exports were larger for Japan (+13 percent), Canada (+1 percent), Korea (+20 percent) and Taiwan (+53 percent) but lower for Mexico (-1 percent) and Hong Kong (-6 percent).

Net sales of 12,700 mt were primarily for Japan (4,600 mt), Mexico (3,100 mt), Korea (1,900 mt), Canada (1,500 mt), Hong Kong (500 mt) and Taiwan (430 mt).

(Source: USDA/FAS)