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USDA Addresses Underreporting of Pork Export Sales

As USMEF has reported, weekly export and sales data for pork has dramatically understated actual export volume. In an effort to improve accuracy of the data and assure exporter compliance, USDA/FAS is reminding exporters about Export Sales Reporting (ESR) requirements. All exporters of covered commodities are required to report each week to USDA their firm’s weekly export sales and shipments by commodity and destination under USDA’s ESR program. Beef muscle cuts (fresh, chilled or frozen) have been a reportable commodity for some time, and pork muscle cuts were added to the list in April 2013.

The ESR requires exporters to report the following information to USDA:

  • The quantity of all export sales transactions (in metric tons for pork and beef)
  • Marketing year of shipment
  • Export quantities by destination of shipment, and any cancellation or change in destination of previously reported export sales

If a company makes a sale to an international customer, it is required to report that sale to the FAS Export Sales Reporting system. The reporting period is Friday through Thursday each week, with exporter entries due to USDA via the online reporting system by midnight the following Monday.

Before being able to report export sales via the on-line Export Sales Reporting Maintenance System (ESRMS), exporters must be assigned a firm number from the ESR Branch and register for a “Level 1 Access” account through the USDA eAuthentication system.

For more information on how to create an account and begin reporting, please refer to this USDA fact sheet.

If you have questions, please email Erin Borror or call 303-623-6328.