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Weekly Export Sales Data

Strong Week for Beef; Pork Exports also Edge Higher

Beef exports for the week of Oct. 9-15 totaled 17,800 mt, up 10% from the previous week and 6% above the previous four-week average. Exports to China (2,030 mt, +37%) set another new record and shipments to Mexico (1,650 mt, +26%) were the largest since March. Exports also trended higher to Japan (4,480 mt, +3%), South Korea (4,240 mt, +1%) and Taiwan (1,490 mt, +1%). Exports were steady to Hong Kong (1,510 mt) but declined for Canada (810 mt, -23%).

Beef net sales were 21,700 mt, up 62% from the previous week and 13% above the previous four-week average. Sales to Mexico (2,760 mt, +93%) were strong for the second consecutive week and were the third highest since January. Sales to China (3,670 mt, +21%) rebounded from the previous week and were the third highest since the market re-opened in 2017. Sales also increased to Korea (5,360 mt, +18% and including decreases of 400 mt), Hong Kong (2,550 mt, +52% and including decreases of 200 mt), Taiwan (1,380 mt, +28%) and Canada (1,000 mt, +140%). Sales slowed to Japan (3,560 mt, -36% and including decreases of 600 mt) and corrections resulted in negative net sales to Chile (-60 mt). For 2021 delivery, net sales of 2,600 mt were reported as increases for Japan (1,440 mt) and Korea (1,330 mt) were partially offset by reductions for Hong Kong (-190 mt).

Pork exports totaled 36,600 mt, up 2% from the previous week and 4% above the previous four-week average. Exports to China (12,500 mt, +20%) were the highest since mid-July and exports also increased to Mexico (11,070 mt, +2%), Canada (2,490 mt, +1%), Chile (970 mt, +35%), the Philippines (590 mt, +39%), Honduras (290 mt, +23%) and New Zealand (140 mt, +29%). Exports trended lower to Japan (4,310 mt, -7%), Korea (1,500 mt, -19%), Colombia (700 mt, -10%), Australia (450 mt, -25%), Taiwan (360 mt, -34%), Vietnam (310 mt, -67%), Hong Kong (180 mt, -16%) and the Dominican Republic (140 mt, -39%).

Pork net sales were steady with the previous week at 26,800 mt, but 35% below the previous four-week average. Sales increased to Japan (4,880 mt, +38%), Colombia (1,010 mt, +6%), Australia (400 mt, +33%), the Philippines (390 mt, +17%) and Honduras (290 mt, +46%). Sales were positive to New Zealand (240 mt) following a week of corrections and to Taiwan (90 mt) for the second week following corrections. Sales slowed to Mexico (13,770 mt, -10% and including decreases of 800 mt), China (1,800 mt, -85% and including decreases of 1,500 mt), Korea (1,520 mt, -38% and including decreases of 500 mt), Canada (650 mt, -80%), Chile (590 mt, -20%), the Dominican Republic (220 mt, -19%) and Hong Kong (210 mt, -22%), and corrections resulted in negative net sales to Vietnam (-130 mt). For 2021 delivery, net sales of 800 mt were reported primarily for New Zealand (370 mt), Australia (290 mt) and Mexico (100 mt).

Mexico Leads Strong Week for Pork Exports; Other Results Trend Lower

Pork exports for the week of Oct. 2-8 totaled 36,000 mt, down 2% from the previous week but 8% above the previous four-week average. Exports to Mexico (11,720 mt, +15%) were the highest since May, while exports also trended higher to China (10,700 mt, +9%), Japan (4,590 mt, +4%), Chile (810 mt, +18%), Colombia (640 mt, +14%), Taiwan (580 mt, +15%), the Dominican Republic (350 mt, +138% and the highest since June), Honduras (260 mt, +4%), and New Zealand (190 mt, +101%). Exports were steady to South Korea (1,760 mt) and trended lower to Canada (2,250 mt, -5%), Vietnam (640 mt, -30%), Australia (480 mt, -22%), the Philippines (450 mt, -6%) and Hong Kong (120 mt, -40%).

Pork net sales were 26,800 mt, down 56% from the previous week and 43% below the previous four-week average. Sales were higher to Japan (4,730 mt, +51%), the Philippines (730 mt, +269% and the highest since July), the Dominican Republic (250 mt, +9%) and Hong Kong (250 mt, +8%), and sales were positive to Taiwan (180 mt) following a week of corrections. Sales slowed to Mexico (11,860 mt, -14%), China (5,240 mt, -74% and including decreases of 1,400 mt), Canada (1,150 mt, -64%), Colombia (770 mt, -10%), Korea (490 mt, -80%), Chile (360 mt, -60%), Australia (170 mt, -72%), Vietnam (70 mt, -87%) and Honduras (70 mt, -66%), and corrections resulted in negative net sales to New Zealand (-1 mt). For 2021 delivery, net sales of 1,600 mt were reported primarily for Mexico (720 mt), Chile (570 mt) and Australia (260 mt).

Beef exports totaled 16,200 mt, down 5% from the previous week and 1% below the previous four-week average. Exports to Mexico (1,470 mt, +24%) were the highest since March, and exports were also higher to Hong Kong (1,500 mt, +1%), China (1,490 mt, +11%) and Canada (980 mt, +2%). Exports were lower to Japan (4,200 mt, -2%), Korea (3,840 mt, -9%) and Taiwan (1,340 mt, -6%).

Beef net sales were 13,400 mt, down 35% from the previous week and 31% below the previous four-week average. Sales to Mexico (3,110 mt, +208%) were the highest since July and third highest this year, while sales also increased to Taiwan (970 mt, +7%) and Canada (630 mt, +30%). But sales slowed to Japan (3,910 mt, -30%), Korea (2,220 mt, -56%), Hong Kong (600 mt, -64%) and China (390 mt, -89%). For 2021 delivery, net sales were reported for Japan (160 mt), Taiwan (130 mt) and Chile (90 mt).

  • 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.