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Weekly Export Sales Data

Post-Holiday Rebound for Exports, Including 2021 High for Beef

After slowing during the Independence Day holiday week, beef exports for the week of July 9-15 rebounded to 2021 high of 21,400 mt, up 38% from the previous week and 22% above the previous four-week average. Exports to South Korea (5,910 mt, +31%) were the highest since April, exports to Japan (5,510 mt, +18%) were the largest since May and exports to Taiwan (1,530 MT, +37%) reached a 2021 high. Exports also increased to China (4,000 mt, +8%), Mexico (1,370 mt, +29%), Canada (1,220 mt, +59% and the second highest this year) and Hong Kong (500 mt, +4%).

Beef net sales were the fourth highest of the year at 25,100 mt, up noticeably from the previous week and 63% above the previous four-week average. Sales increased to Korea (8,560 mt, +68% and including decreases of 500 mt), Japan (5,160 mt, +27% and including decreases of 600 mt), China (4,100 mt, +105% and the highest since May, including decreases of 100 mt), Canada (2,420 mt, +366% and the highest since February, including decreases of 100 mt), Mexico (1,550 mt, +51% and including decreases of 100 mt) and Hong Kong (800 mt, +50% and the highest since April). Sales slowed to Taiwan (860 mt, -19%), and corrections resulted in negative net sales for Belgium (-50 mt). Net sales for 2022 delivery were reported for Japan (300 mt).

Pork exports totaled 30,800 mt, up 22% from the previous week and 1% above the previous four-week average. Exports were higher to Japan (4,410 mt, +25%), Canada (1,700 mt, +7%), Australia (1,470 mt, +147% and the highest since May), Colombia (1,030 mt, +14%), the Dominican Republic (760 mt, +85%), Guatemala (410 mt, +59% and the highest since May), Honduras (390 mt, +6%), Chile (370 mt, +28%) and Hong Kong (90 mt, +129%), while trending lower to Mexico (12,020 mt, -10%), China (5,370 mt, -10%), Korea (1,940 mt, -7%), the Philippines (390 mt, -13%), Vietnam (30 mt, -42%) and Taiwan (1 mt, -94%).

Pork net sales were 24,500 mt, up noticeably from the previous week but 12% below the previous four-week average. Sales increased to Japan (5,250 mt, +20% and including decreases of 200 mt), Canada (4,010 mt, +80% and the third highest this year, including decreases of 500 mt), Colombia (1,910 mt, +46% and the highest since January, including decreases of 100 mt), Chile (940 mt, +190% and the highest since March, including decreases of 100 mt), Guatemala (420 mt, +5%) and the Philippines (340 mt, +99%). Sales were positive to Australia (620 mt) following two weeks of corrections. Sales slowed to Mexico (10,040 mt, -17% and including decreases of 900 mt), Korea (360 mt, -55%), the Dominican Republic (290 mt, -22%), Honduras (270 mt, -40%), Hong Kong (30 mt, -32%) and Taiwan (1 mt, -73%), and no sales were reported to Vietnam. Corrections resulted in negative net sales for China (-110 mt, the second week of corrections) and Peru (-50 mt).

Holiday Week Slow for Exports; Corrections for China Impact Pork Sales

Pork exports for the week of July 2-8, which included the Independence Day holiday weekend, slowed to a 2021 low of 25,200 mt, down 17% from the previous week and 25% below the previous four-week average. Exports were higher to the Philippines (520 mt, +5%) but trended lower to other main destinations including Mexico (11,370 mt, -21%), China (4,900 mt, -29%), Japan (3,470 mt, -8%), Canada (1,320 mt, -19%), South Korea (1,240 mt), Colombia (820 mt, -14%), Australia (440 mt, -34%), the Dominican Republic (330 mt, -28%), Chile (230 mt, -35%), Honduras (220 mt, -50%), Guatemala (100 mt, -62%), Hong Kong (10 mt, -78%) and Taiwan (1 mt, -96%). No exports were reported to Vietnam.

Due in large part to corrections resulting in negative net sales to China (-1,320 mt), pork net sales were just 10,600 mt, down 76% from the previous week and 68% below the previous four-week average. Sales also slowed to Mexico (5,260 mt, -66% and including decreases of 1,100 mt), Japan (3,140 mt, -36% and including decreases of 200 mt), Colombia (820 mt, -32% and including decreases of 100 mt), Guatemala (250 mt, -27%), Canada (220 mt, -91%), the Dominican Republic (170 mt, -66%), Korea (90 mt, -93%), Hong Kong (50 mt, -1%) and Taiwan (1 mt, -75%). No sales were reported to Vietnam and corrections resulted in negative net sales to Australia (-70 mt) for the second consecutive week. Sales increased to Honduras (920 mt, +223% and the highest since January), Chile (520 mt, +168%) and the Philippines (210 mt, +56%).

Beef exports totaled 15,500 mt, down 13% from the previous week and 15% below the previous four-week average. Exports were higher to Indonesia (510 mt, +17%) and steady to Mexico (1,040 mt), but trended lower to Japan (4,070 mt, -18%), Korea (3,820 mt, -21%), China (3,340 mt, -8%), Taiwan (1,080 mt, -8%), Canada (630 mt, -22%) and Hong Kong (250 mt, -57%).

Beef net sales were 9,300 mt, down 61% from the previous week and 44% below the previous four-week average, despite a second consecutive week of strong sales to Mexico (1,800 mt, +151% and the second highest since April). Sales slowed to Japan (3,030 mt, -31% and including decreases of 700 mt), China (1,560 mt, -38% and including decreases of 100 mt), Taiwan (710 mt, -40% and including decreases of 200 mt), Korea (570 mt, -89% and including decreases of 700 mt), Canada (370 mt, -35%) and Hong Kong (370 mt, -26%). Corrections resulted in negative net sales for Indonesia (-80 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.