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USMEF Economist Details Logistics Challenges at USDA Ag Outlook Forum

Published: Feb 28, 2022
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Logistics challenges continue to limit the ceiling of U.S. red meat exports, despite those exports reaching record levels in 2021.

On Feb. 28, U.S. Meat Export Federation Economist Erin Borror outlined some of those challenges at USDA’s Agricultural Outlook Forum, noting that Asian shippers are incentivized to get empty containers back quickly, rather than filling those containers with U.S. product. In this week’s USMEF Report, we share some of Borror’s comments from her Outlook Forum presentation. She notes that the shipping inconsistency has a particular impact on chilled product.


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The U.S. Meat Export Federation ( is the trade association responsible for developing international markets for the U.S. red meat industry. It is funded by USDA; the beef, pork, lamb, corn and soybean checkoff programs, as well as its members representing nine industry sectors: beef/veal producing & feeding, pork producing & feeding, lamb producing & feeding, packing & processing, purveying & trading, oilseeds producing, feedgrains producing, farm organizations and supply & service organizations. USMEF complies with all equal opportunity, non-discrimination and affirmative action measures applicable to it by contract, government rule or regulation or as otherwise provided by law. USMEF is an equal opportunity employer and provider.