Top Beef Exporters Combine for Record Volume in 2014; Pork Exports Down Slightly


The world’s top 11 beef/beef variety meat exporters (Australia, India, Brazil, U.S., New Zealand, EU-28, Canada, Paraguay, Uruguay, Argentina and Mexico) shipped a record 7.7 million metric tons (mt) in 2014. This was a 10 percent increase from the previous year, even though global beef production was relatively flat. Export value increased even more dramatically, up an estimated 18 percent to $36.6 billion, doubling since 2009. The U.S. was the second-largest exporter on a value basis, trailing only Australia’s record $7.5 billion, as its drought-induced high production levels translated to record export volume and value. U.S. market share of global exports has held relatively steady on a value basis at 19 percent, while volume share has dropped from a recent high of 20 percent in 2011 to 15 percent in 2014, as volume growth from Australia, South America and India has outpaced that of the U.S.


The top 10 pork/pork variety meat exporters (EU, U.S., Canada, Brazil, Chile, China, Mexico, Australia, Belarus and Thailand) shipped about 6.78 million mt in 2014, down 1 percent from a year ago. The peak year was 2012, when these countries exported more than 7 million mt. Export value was record-high in 2014, at about $20.27 billion, up 5 percent from 2013 and surpassing the 2012 record by about 3 percent. The U.S. remains the second-largest exporter of pork following the EU, where production is more than double that in the United States. The U.S. share of global export value has held relatively steady at 31 percent, while export volume share slipped from a recent high of 32 percent in 2011 to 30 percent in 2013 and 2014.

Notes: data is from the Global Trade Atlas, and USMEF estimates; does not include HS chapter 0504 products (guts/bladders/stomachs/intestines/casings)