November 21, 2013


US poultry, egg exports hit record high in Q3 2013



US poultry exports during the third quarter of 2013 continued at a record pace, with combined exports of table and processed egg products reaching historical highs, according to trade data released last week by the Foreign Agricultural Service.


Overall, January-September poultry exports reached on-year records of 3.077 million tonnes valued at US$4.152 billion, up 1% and 3%, respectively.


Combined US exports of eggs and processed egg products through the third quarter of the year, measured in shell-egg equivalents, reached 250.5 million dozen, up 28% from the same period in 2012, while export value hit US$245.61 million, up 33%. Both export quantity and export value set on-year records.


September exports of US broiler meat (excluding paws) dipped by 1% to 276,135 tonnes, while value rose by less than 1% to US$354.5 million, compared to September 2012. Cumulative January-September broiler meat exports (excluding chicken paws) reached 2.5 million tonnes, up 2%, valued at US$3.21 billion, up 4%. Both export quantity and value set on-year records.


Exports to key markets for the period included Mexico at 484,958 tonnes (+19%); Russia at 213,316 tonnes (+3%); Angola at 148,256 tonnes (+20%); and Canada at 127,648 tonnes, (+0.2%).


Shipments to other important markets included Cuba at 110,757 tonnes (-1%); China at 104,113 tonnes (+59%); Iraq at 120,613 tonnes (+23%); Taiwan at 68,099 tonnes (-31%); Georgia at 59,550 tonnes (+1%); and Guatemala at 59,082 tonnes, (+14%).


September exports of US turkey meat slipped by 10% from September 2012 to 30,052 tonnes. Export value, meanwhile, rose by 1% to US$59.9 million. Cumulative January-September turkey meat exports fell by 4% to 252,700 tonnes, while export value rose by 2% to US$496.8 million. Export value for the three quarters set an on-year record, while quantity was the second-highest ever.


The main reason for the dip in export quantity was a decline in exports of US turkey to the top market of Mexico. Shipments dropped by just over 3% to 133,635 tonnes, which was offset by a rise in export value to US$271.9 million. Shipments to China, the second-largest US turkey market, were 34,385 tonnes valued at US$53.9 million, up 3% and 4%, respectively. Top markets included Mexico, China, Canada, South Africa, and the Philippines.


September exports of chicken paws fell by 19% to 25,046 tonnes, while export value declined by 12% to US$31.1 million. Shipments of paws to mainland China decreased by 40% to 12,978 tonnes, while exports to Hong Kong increased by 9% to 8,947 tonnes. Cumulative January-September paw exports fell by 17% to 229,069 tonnes, while value dropped by 20% to US$279.7 million. China and Hong accounted for 82% of US export quantity of paws.


Exports of US table eggs for September slipped by 8% to 16.5 million dozen, while value declined by 13% to US$16.1 million. Cumulative January-September exports of table eggs were up 65% in quantity and 71% in value to 140.29 million dozen and US$134.71 million, respectively. Top export markets included Mexico, Hong Kong, Canada, the UAE, and the EU.


For egg products, September exports were US$10.74 million, down 18% from September 2012. Export value to Japan, the top export market for US egg products, dipped 12.7% to US$3.89 million. Export value to key markets of Canada increased slightly, while shipments to Mexico and the EU were down significantly from the September 2012.


Cumulative exports of egg products for January through September rose by 4% to US$110.89 million. Exports to top market Japan increased by 5% to US$35.62 million, accounting for 32.1% of total US exports of egg products. Exports to Mexico quadrupled from 2012 to US$28 million, while exports to the EU plummeted by 63.6% to US$12.8 million. While exports to Canada increased by 53.7% to US$9.5 million, exports to Hong Kong were up by 34% to US$2.9 million.