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Weekly Export Sales Data

Exports End July on High Note; Net Sales Trend Lower

Beef exports for the week of July 24-30 totaled 17,600 mt, down 4% from the previous week but 8% above the previous four-week average. Exports to South Korea (5,610 mt, +4%) were down slightly from the previous week but were otherwise the highest since January. Exports also increased to Taiwan (1,760 mt, +32% and the highest since December), Canada (1,160 mt, +6%), Mexico (1,120 mt, +21%), Hong Kong (1,080 mt, +10%) and China (480 mt, +68% and the second highest this year), while exports trended lower to Japan (4,860 mt, -6%).

Beef net sales were 13,400 mt, down 55% from the previous week and 35% below the previous four-week average. Sales increased to Canada (1,160 mt, +7%), and sales were positive to Indonesia (940 mt) for the second week following a week of corrections. But sales slowed to Japan (4,600 mt, -23%), Korea (3,230 mt, -51%), Taiwan (1,140 mt, -35%), Mexico (80 mt, -94%), Hong Kong (860 mt, -33%) and China (670 mt, -38%), and corrections resulted in negative net sales for Chile (-60 mt). For 2021 delivery, net sales of 1,700 mt were reported primarily for Mexico.

Pork exports totaled 34,400 mt, up 9% from the previous week and 6% above the previous four-week average. Exports to Mexico (11,650 mt, +31%) and Korea (2,240 mt, +43%) were the highest since mid-May. Exports were also higher to Japan (4,100 mt, +19%), Australia (980 mt, +62%), Vietnam (870 mt, +73% and the highest since improved reporting began in 2014), Colombia (700 mt, +29%), the Philippines (540 mt, +75%), Honduras (330 mt, +29%), New Zealand (220 mt, +83% and the highest since April), Panama (170 mt, +454% and the highest since December), Hong Kong (160 mt, +75%) and Nicaragua (90 mt, +63%). Exports trended lower to China (8,990 mt, -26%), Canada (2,300 mt, -9%), Chile (410 mt, -9%), Taiwan (220 mt, -48%) and the Dominican Republic (120 mt, -30%).

Pork net sales were 30,300 mt, down 23% from the previous week and 14% below the previous four-week average. Sales were higher to Mexico (12,900 mt, +9%), Korea (2,250 mt, +37% and the second highest since April), Colombia (1,030 mt, +61% and the second highest since February), New Zealand (320 mt, +531%) and Panama (190 mt, +251% and the highest since April). Sales were positive to Australia (670 mt) following a week of corrections, to Chile (370 mt) for the fourth week following corrections and to Nicaragua (120 mt, and the highest since mid-May) for the second week following two weeks of corrections. Sales slowed to China (5,630 mt, -45% and including decreases of 3,000 mt), Canada (2,710 mt, -16%), Japan (2,070 mt, -41%), Vietnam (750 mt, -36%), the Philippines (420 mt, -52%), Taiwan (410 mt, -26%), Honduras (150 mt, -38%), Hong Kong (90 mt, -47%) and the Dominican Republic (90 mt, -46%).

Huge Week for Net Sales; Beef Exports also Strong

Beef exports for the week of July 17-23 were the third largest of the year at 18,300 mt, up 14% from the previous week and 19% above the previous four-week average. Exports were led by Japan (6,600 mt, +39% and the highest since April) and South Korea (5,660 MT, +10% and the highest since January), but were also higher to all main destinations including Taiwan (1,430 mt, +18%), Canada (1,160 mt, +5%), Hong Kong (1,040 mt, +8%), Mexico (1,010 mt, +17%) and China (330 mt, +11%).

Beef net sales reached a new 2020 high of 29,500 mt, up 89% from the previous week and 81% above the previous four-week average. Sales to Korea (11,470 mt, +161%) were the largest since May 2019 and sales to Japan (10,550 mt, +146%) were the largest in more than two years. Sales also increased to China (1,350 mt, +68%), Hong Kong (1,310 mt, +18%) and Canada (1,090 mt, +6%), but slowed to Taiwan (1,470 mt, -19%) and Mexico (580 mt, -61%). Corrections resulted in negative net sales for Chile (-100 mt) and the Philippines (-70 mt). For 2021 delivery, net sales were reported for Mexico (1,100 mt) and the Philippines (100 mt).

Pork exports totaled 31,500 mt, down 12% from the previous week and 3% below the previous four-week average. Exports to Japan (4,420 mt, +41%) were the highest since May, while exports to Taiwan (690 mt, +129%) were the highest since March and the third highest since improved reporting began in 2014. Exports were also higher to Mexico (9,220 mt, +4%), Australia (860 mt, +75%), Vietnam (540 mt, +23%), the Philippines (420 mt, +94%), Honduras (260 mt, +11%) and the Dominican Republic (190 mt, +14%). Exports trended lower to China (10,190 mt, -19%), Canada (2,290 mt, -10%), Korea (1,030 mt, -43%), Chile (560 mt, -56%), Colombia (350 mt, -34%) and Hong Kong (20 mt, -77%).

Pork net sales were the highest since April at 39,600 mt, up 24% from the previous week and 12% above the previous four-week average. Sales to China (17,780 mt, +58% and including decreases of 1,200 mt) were the sixth highest this year, while sales to Mexico (15,390 mt, +52%) were the highest since February and the third highest of 2020. Sales also increased to Taiwan (510 mt, +1%) and Honduras (360 mt, +11%), and sales to Chile (640 mt) were positive for the third week following corrections. Sales slowed to Canada (2,350 mt, -26%), Japan (870 mt, -78% and including decreases of 1,800 mt), the Philippines (750 mt, -19% and including 200 mt switched from Vietnam), Vietnam (320 mt, -74%), Korea (270 mt, -85%), Colombia (200 mt, -73%), the Dominican Republic (140 mt, -9%) and Hong Kong (110 mt, -27%). Corrections resulted in negative net sales for Australia (-450 mt), but net sales of 400 mt for 2021 delivery were also reported for Australia.

  • 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.