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Weekly Export Sales Data

Strong Week for Exports; Pork Sales Largest Since September

Pork exports for the week of Jan. 8-14 totaled 40,800 mt, up 36% from the previous week and 19% above the previous four-week average. Exports trended higher to most main destinations including Mexico (13,310 mt, +28%), Japan (4,980 mt, +40%), South Korea (3,910 mt, +76% and the highest since May), Canada (1,900 mt, +35%), Australia (1,220 mt, +22% and the highest since February), Colombia (1,120 mt, +7%), the Philippines (670 mt, +76% and the highest since September), the Dominican Republic (550 mt, +42%), Guatemala (550 mt, +184% and the second highest since improved reporting began in 2014), Honduras (480 mt, +60%), Vietnam (220 mt, +397%) and Hong Kong (150 mt, +55%). Exports trended lower to China (10,640 mt, -10%), Chile (430 mt, -11%) and Taiwan (40 mt, -29%).

Pork net sales were 45,200 mt, up 90% from the previous week and the highest since September. Sales were led by Mexico (13,230 mt, +42% and including decreases of 800 MT) and set a new record to the Philippines (4,540 mt, including decreases of 800 mt). Sales were also higher to Guatemala (600 mt, +102%). Sales were positive for the second week following corrections to China (9,750 mt, including decreases of 1,100 mt), Canada (5,010 mt, including decreases of 400 mt), Japan (4,170 MT, including decreases of 100 mt), Colombia (1,520 mt), the Dominican Republic (850 mt), Honduras (790 mt and the highest since June), Hong Kong (120 mt), Chile (80 mt) and Taiwan (70 mt). Sales were positive to Korea (3,570 mt) for the third week following corrections and to Vietnam (290 mt) for the second week following prior weeks of no sales and corrections. Corrections resulted in negative net sales to El Salvador (-90 mt) and Australia (-70 mt and the second week of corrections).

Beef exports totaled 17,600 mt, up 24% from the previous week and 4% above the previous four-week average. Exports were higher to Japan (5,470 mt, +21%), Korea (5,120 mt, +19%) and Canada (1,050 mt, +9%) but trended lower to Mexico (1,850 mt, -18%), China (1,210 mt, -38%), Taiwan (930 mt, -16%) and Hong Kong (710 mt, -17%).

Beef net sales were 24,500 mt, up 46% from the previous week. Sales to China (4,290 mt, +183% including decreases of 100 mt) were second largest on record and sales set a new weekly high for Indonesia (2,000 mt, positive for the fourth week following corrections). Sales also trended higher to Korea (3,500 mt, +43% including decreases of 600 MT) and Mexico (1,760 mt, +102%) and were positive for the second week following corrections to Japan (4,870 mt, including decreases of 500 mt), Taiwan (2,430 mt, including decreases of 100 mt), Canada (1,230 mt) and Hong Kong (950 mt).

New Year’s Holiday Week Slow for Exports; Strong Pork Sales for Philippines and Colombia

Pork exports for the holiday-shortened week of Jan. 1-7 totaled 30,000 mt, up 13% from the previous week but 19% below the previous four-week average. Exports were higher to Australia (1,190 mt, +12% and the highest since last February), the Philippines (470 mt, +36%), New Zealand (170 mt, +31%), Hong Kong (120 mt, +7%) and Taiwan (100 mt, +28%), but exports trended lower to China (11,480 mt, -6%), Mexico (6,920 mt, -44%), Japan (3,340 mt, -13%), South Korea (2,290 mt, -9%), Canada (1,480 mt, -1%), Colombia (930 mt, -10%), Chile (340 mt, -43%), Honduras (300 mt, -16%), the Dominican Republic (280 mt, -31%) and Vietnam (20 mt, -45%).

Pork net sales were 23,800 mt, including a new weekly high for the Philippines (2,410 mt) and the largest sales in nearly two years to Colombia (2,390 mt, positive following a week of corrections). Sales to Korea (3,260 mt, including decreases of 500 mt) were positive for the second week following corrections and sales were positive following one week of corrections to Japan (3,410 mt, including decreases of 200 mt), Canada (1,670 mt), China (1,570 mt), Honduras (680 mt), the Dominican Republic (550 mt), Chile (290 mt) and Hong Kong (50 mt). Sales were positive to Taiwan (90 mt) following two weeks of corrections and to Vietnam (200 mt) for the first time in five weeks. Sales slowed to Mexico (6,570 mt, -51% and including decreases of 700 mt) and corrections resulted in negative net sales for Australia (-100 mt) and New Zealand (-40 mt).

Beef exports totaled 14,200 mt, up 17% from the previous week but 22% below the previous four-week average. Exports trended lower to main destinations including Japan (4,170 mt, -10%), Korea (4,030 mt, -10%), China (1,640 mt, -22%), Mexico (1,370 mt, -48%), Taiwan (890 mt, -20%), Canada (710 mt, -36%) and Hong Kong (380 mt, -64%).

Beef net sales were 16,800 mt, led by Korea (4,920 mt, +179% and including decreases of 300 mt). Sales were also higher to China (2,800 mt, +184% and including decreases of 200 mt) and Mexico (1,320 MT, +84% and including decreases of 100 MT) and sales were positive following a week of corrections to Japan (4,130 mt, including decreases of 300 mt), Taiwan (840 mt, including decreases of 100 mt), Hong Kong (620 mt) and Canada (360 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.