February 21, 2018
UK pork exports in 2017 largest ever at 5.4B lbs.
US pork exports last year were the largest ever in terms of volume at 5.399 billion pounds, up 6% over 2016, according to Pork Checkoff. These were valued at $6.486 billion, up 9%.
"Exports continue to be an important piece of the puzzle for adding to producers' bottom line," said Craig Morris, vice president of international marketing for Pork Checkoff.
He added that in recognition of the importance of exports, the National Pork Board recently approved nearly $8.7 million for 2018 export market activities, describing the move as the most significant financial investment of Checkoff dollars in international marketing efforts to date.
"With more high-quality US pork available than ever, we are redoubling efforts to build on the momentum of the past year", Morris said.
Pork Checkoff said pork variety meats were the shining star in 2017. Exports tied the 2011 record, with 82% of edible variety meat exported. Pork variety meat exports totalled $1.17 billion, setting a new total value record and surpassing $1 billion for the first time. Pork variety meats refer to offal and other internal organs of the pig including livers, hearts, tongues and snouts, which are not likely to be found on American dinner plates.
Together, China and Mexico accounted for 86% of US pork variety meat exports. In 2017, total edible pork variety meat exports added $9.67 in value to every hog marketed, according to the US Meat Export Federation.
US pork and pork variety meat exports accounted for 26.6% of total pork production, with 22% of muscle cuts exported, in 2017. Export value returned an average $53.47 per head back to producers, up 6% from 2016.
The top six markets by volume were Mexico (1.768 billion pounds), China/Hong Kong (1.09 billion pounds), Japan (868 million pounds), Canada (459 million pounds), South Korea (382 million pounds) and South America (229 million pounds).
The top six markets by value were Japan ($1.626 billion), Mexico ($1.514 billion), China/Hong Kong ($1.078 billion), Canada ($792 million), South Korea ($475 million) and South America ($268 million).