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Weekly Export Sales Data

Exports Fairly Steady through Easter Holiday; Slow Week for Sales

Beef exports for the week of April 2-8, which included the Easter holiday weekend, totaled 19,000 mt, up 1% from the previous week and 3% above from the previous four-week average. Exports were higher to South Korea (5,440 mt, +9%), China (3,490 mt, +17% and the second highest weekly volume), Mexico (1,430 mt, +10%), Taiwan (1,210 mt, +12% and the second highest so far this year) and Canada (930 mt, +27% and the highest since January), but exports were lower to Japan (4,910 mt, -9%) and Hong Kong (550 mt, -72%).

Beef net sales were 15,700 mt down 14% from the previous week and 23% below the previous four-week average. Sales increased to Japan (6,320 mt, +5% and including decreases of 500 mt) and Mexico (1,400 mt, +89%), while sales slowed to China (3,330 mt, -20% and including decreases of 100 mt), Korea (2,930 mt, -45% and including decreases of 400 mt), Canada (620 mt, -35%), Taiwan (420 mt, -67%) and Hong Kong (240 mt, -72%). Corrections resulted in negative net sales to the Netherlands (-80 mt). For 2022, net sales of 200 mt were reported for Canada.

Pork exports totaled 38,600 mt, unchanged from the previous week but 2% below the previous four-week average. Exports were higher to Mexico (9,850 mt, +9%), Canada (1,780 mt, +3%), Chile (580 mt, +28%), Honduras (550 mt, +16%), New Zealand (260 mt, +60%) and Vietnam (190 mt, +186%), and exports were steady to China (12,550 mt). Exports trended lower to Japan (4,990 mt, -3%), Korea (2,270 mt, -32%), the Philippines (1,910 mt, -2%), Colombia (1,230 mt, -6%), Australia (780 mt, -36%), the Dominican Republic (610 mt, -15%), Guatemala (250 mt, -5%), Costa Rica (220 mt, -14%), Taiwan (50 mt, -40%) and Hong Kong (40 mt, -58%).

Pork net sales were 17,200 mt, down 48% from the previous week and 60% below the previous four-week average. Sales increased to Japan (4,250 mt, +7% and including decreases of 100 mt), Colombia (890 mt, +33% and including decreases of 100 mt), the Philippines (820 mt, +65% and including decreases of 200 mt), Honduras (520 mt, +39%) and Vietnam (160 mt, +6%). Sales were positive to New Zealand (280 mt) for the fourth week following corrections, to Australia (40 mt) for the third week following two weeks of corrections, and to Costa Rica (20 mt) following a week of corrections. Sales slowed to Mexico (7,820 mt, -58% and including decreases of 500 mt), Korea (1,290 mt, -44% and including decreases of 900 mt), Canada (510 mt, -81%), Chile (110 mt, -70%), China (100 mt, -99%), the Dominican Republic (90 mt, -40%), Hong Kong (70 mt, -46%), Guatemala (60 mt, -70%) and Taiwan (2 mt, -90%).

Beef Exports Edge Higher; Pork Sales Lower Despite Large Volumes for Mexico

Beef exports for the week of March 26-April 1 totaled 18,800 mt, up 1% from the previous week and 4% above the previous four-week average. Exports were higher to South Korea (6,520 mt, +37% and the highest since April 2019), China (3,150 mt, +10% and the third highest on record) and Canada (910 mt, +35% and the highest since January) but trended lower to Japan (4,710 mt, -13%), Mexico (1,120 mt, -14%), Taiwan (1,010 mt, -5%) and Hong Kong (420 mt, -37%).

Beef net sales were 18,200 mt down 3% from the previous week and 14% below the previous four-week average. Sales to Korea (9,060 MT, +91% and including decreases of 700 mt) were the third largest this year, while sales also increased to Mexico (1,260 mt, +32% and including decreases of 100 mt). Sales slowed to Japan (4,240 mt, -34% and including decreases of 400 mt), China (1,910 mt, -54% and including decreases of 100 mt), Taiwan (680 mt, -55% and including decreases of 100 mt), Canada (630 mt, -36%) and Hong Kong (400 mt, -61%), and corrections resulted in negative net sales to the Philippines (-270 mt) and Vietnam (-110 mt).

Pork exports totaled 38,400 mt, down 5% from the previous week and 3% below the previous four-week average, despite the second largest volumes this year to both China (13,380 mt, +10%) and Japan (5,390 mt, +8%). Exports also increased to Korea (3,340 mt, +1%), Chile (620 mt, +66% and the highest since January), Vietnam (120 mt, +39%) and Taiwan (90 mt, +29%), while exports to Nicaragua (250 mt) were steady. Exports decreased to Mexico (7,770 mt, -19%), the Philippines (1,680 mt, -17%), Canada (1,520 mt, -17%), Colombia (1,320 mt, -1%), Australia (1,100 mt, -18%), the Dominican Republic (490 mt, -31%), Honduras (260 mt, -49%), Guatemala (160 mt, -36%), Hong Kong (80 mt, -23%) and New Zealand (70 mt, -53%).

Pork net sales were 33,400 mt, down 45% from the previous week and 22% below the previous four-week average. Sales to Mexico (23,030 mt, +58% and including decreases of 500 mt) were the highest since 2016 (when excluding catch-up reporting) and sales were positive for the second week following corrections to Australia (1,590 mt, including decreases of 100 mt), for the third week following corrections to New Zealand (360 mt, the highest since January), and for the fourth week following corrections to Guatemala (130 mt). Sales slowed to Japan (3,390 mt, -13% and including decreases of 300 mt), China (1,240 mt, -91% and including decreases of 1,000 mt), Korea (1,180 mt, -57% and including decreases of 400 mt), Canada (1,130 mt, -63%), Colombia (260 mt, -70%), Honduras (190 mt, -56%), Vietnam (170 mt, -2%), the Dominican Republic (110 mt, -48%), Chile (90 mt, -84%), Hong Kong (90 mt, -25%), the Philippines (90 mt, -91%), and Nicaragua (50 mt, -78%). No sales were reported for Taiwan.

  • 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.