Canada’s Pork Exports Lower in August; Beef Exports Strong


Canada’s August pork/pork variety meat exports took a hit from Russia’s Aug. 7 import ban, declining 12 percent from a year ago to 77,220 metric tons (mt). August exports to Russia were down 66 percent to 2,401 mt, while shipments to Japan fell 5 percent to 13,248 mt. Exports to the United States were steady at 28,736 mt, while volumes were larger for China, Mexico, South Korea and Hong Kong. U.S. net imports of Canadian pork totaled 10,892 mt in August, up 21 percent from a year ago.

For the first eight months of the year, Canada’s pork/pvm exports were down 3 percent to 698,281 mt, though exports to the United States were slightly higher (218,176 mt, +1 percent). Exports also increased to Japan (118,757 mt, +6 percent), Mexico (50,774 mt, +18 percent) and Hong Kong (9,627 mt, +23 percent), and exports to Russia were still up 83 percent (to 94,648 mt) despite the August decline. This growth was offset, however, by lower shipments to China (88,188 mt, -22 percent), Korea (22,930 mt, -18 percent), the Philippines (20,130 mt, -41 percent), Taiwan (16,708 mt, -20 percent) and Australia (12,616 mt, -38 percent).


For Jan. 1 through Sept. 20, U.S. imports of Canadian hogs were down 6 percent year-over-year to 3.5 million head, including an 8 percent decline in feeder pig imports to 2.84 million head.

Canada’s beef/beef variety meat exports in August were up 14 percent from a year ago to 25,595 mt, with growth to the United States, Mexico, Japan and China. Bolstered by a recovery in Canada’s beef production and a weaker Canadian dollar, U.S. net imports of Canadian beef were 5,813 mt in August, up from just 524 mt a year ago.

For January through August, Canada’s beef/bvm exports were up 13 percent to 206,013 mt, with exports to the United States increasing 11 percent to 144,526 mt. Exports were steady to Hong Kong (16,845 mt) and higher to Mexico (15,246 mt, +49 percent) and Japan (12,582 mt, +10 percent).

Through Sept. 20, U.S. imports of Canadian cattle were up 11 percent from a year ago to 813,553 head. This included a significant increase in feeder cattle imports (277,996 head, +38 percent) and a more modest gain for direct slaughter fed cattle (274,312 head, +4 percent). Imports of slaughter cows declined 11 percent to 184,043 head.

Export data source: Global Trade Atlas
Live trade data source: USDA/AMS