June 13, 2011


US beef and pork exports remain strong in April



The US Meat Export Federation reports that US pork and beef exports slowed slightly in April when compared to the all-time record highs of the previous month, but still performed well above last year's pace.


April pork exports exceeded 181-thousand tonnes valued at US$487.8 million. That's up 16% in volume and 22% in value over last year. April beef exports exceeded 103-thousand tonnes valued at US$429.7 million. That's an increase of 25% and 38%, respectively.


On a cumulative basis through April, 2011 pork exports were 18% ahead of last year's pace in volume and 24% higher in value. Beef exports were up 30% in volume and 48% in value. Japan remains the leading value market for US pork.


USMEF reports that beef exports to South Korea continued to grow dramatically in the first four months of 2011, increasing more than 150% over 2010 valued at US$283.9 million. Korea made a strong push to become the leading value market for US beef, and now trails only Mexico. US exports to Mexico are up 7% in volume and 27% in value over last year. Canada remains in third place in both volume and value.

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