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Weekly Export Sales Reporting Resumes for U.S. Beef, Pork

Weekly-US-beef-exportsFor the first time since the early-October government shutdown, weekly export sales figures for U.S. beef and pork muscle cuts are available. This report covers Sept. 27 through August 3:

Beef exports totaled 14,800 mt, up 14 percent from the previous four-week average. Compared to the previous four-week averages, exports were larger for most major destinations including Japan (3,500 mt, +21 percent), Hong Kong (3,000 mt, +20 percent), South Korea (2,300 mt, +7 percent), Canada (2,000 MT, +21 percent) and Taiwan (900 mt, +37 percent). Exports were lower for Mexico (2,300 mt, -2 percent). weekly-net-sales

Beef net sales totaled 10,400 mt, down 28 percent from the previous four-week average. Korea (2,100 mt, +45 percent) was sharply higher but net sales were lower for other major markets including Japan (2,600 mt, -4 percent), Hong Kong (2,600 mt, -45 percent due to large sales in early September) and Canada (1,400 mt, -14 percent).

Pork exports totaled 8,400 mt, down 1 percent from the previous four-week average. Primary destinations were Mexico (3,100 mt), Japan (1,500 mt), Canada (1,000 mt), Korea (800 mt) and Hong Kong (600 mt). Pork net sales of 8,600 mt were primarily for Mexico (1,800 mt), Korea (1,700 mt), Canada (1,600 mt), Japan (1,000 mt) and Hong Kong (800 mt).

The next scheduled report will combine export sales activity for the three-week period from Oct. 4 through Oct. 24.

NOTES:
  1. Percent change is compared to the previous four-week average, unless otherwise indicated.
  2. Mandatory pork export sales reporting is still in its early stages and the data represent less than 40 percent of chilled/frozen pork exports, so it is not yet representative of actual volume.
  3. Weekly data only includes exports and sales of whole muscle cuts, reported by the exporters to USDA/FAS Export Sales Reporting.