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Weekly Export Sales Data

Beef Exports Remain Strong; Other Results Trend Lower

Weekly Charts

Beef exports for the week of May 3-9 totaled 18,200 mt, down 24% from the previous week’s record volume, but still 16% above the previous four-week average. Exports were higher to Japan (6,000 mt, +27%), South Korea (5,260 mt, +10%), Mexico (1,850 mt, +7%), Canada (1,340 mt, +55%) and Hong Kong (1,200 mt, +5%), while exports trended lower to Taiwan (1,510 mt, -5%).

Beef net sales were 16,900 mt, down 30% from the previous week and 22% below the previous four-week average. Sales were higher to Taiwan (2,280 mt, +57%), Mexico (1,850 mt, +17%) and Canada (1,420 mt, +24%). Sales slowed to Korea (5,330 mt, -20%), Japan (3,650 mt, -50%) and Hong Kong (1,080 mt, -62%), and corrections resulted in negative net sales for Brazil (-160 mt).

Pork exports totaled 23,500 mt, down 13% from the previous week and 7% below the previous four-week average. Higher exports to China (4,560 mt, +5%), Japan (2,950 mt, +22%), Hong Kong (1,710 mt, +33%) and Chile (410 mt, +6%) were outweighed by lower exports to Mexico (5,850 mt, -6%), Korea (3,110 mt, -15%), Colombia (1,310 mt, -20%), Canada (1,180 mt, -36%), Australia (1,350 mt, -18%), the Philippines (200 mt, -55%), Taiwan (140 mt, -34%) and the Dominican Republic (120 mt, -37%).

Pork net sales were 10,500 mt, down 52% from the previous week and 55% below the previous four-week average. Sales rebounded to Mexico (4,700 mt, +15%) following a very slow week and trended higher to Canada (1,680 mt, +18%), the Philippines (910 mt, +157% and the highest since last June), Chile (850 mt, +73%) and Taiwan (220 mt, +28%). Sales slowed to Japan (2,310 mt, -39%), Korea (1,490 mt, -29%), Hong Kong (620 mt, -73%), Colombia (350 mt, -50%), Australia (220 mt, -77%) and the Dominican Republic (70 mt, -63%) and corrections resulted in negative net sales for China (-3,250 mt) following two weeks of positive sales.

  • 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.
  • Due to the lapse in federal funding, a combined report was released for the six weeks from Jan. 10–Feb. 14, 2019. Averages are used for the weekly exports and weekly net sales for those weeks.