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Export Statistics

USMEF compiles trade statistics from monthly data reported by USDA/FAS and collected by the U.S. Department of Commerce.  USMEF includes beef and pork muscle cuts, processed products and variety meat or offals in the trade statistics.  Hides and other rendered or inedible products are not included in the data reported by USMEF.

USMEF’s monthly export statistics refer to both muscle cuts and variety meat, unless otherwise noted.  Complete historical export data for U.S. pork, beef and lamb are located under the “Monthly Export Archive” tab.  Highlights from the latest monthly export data released are located under the “Latest Export Results” tab.

USMEF also provides highlights from the weekly data reported through USDA/FAS’s Export Sales Reporting Program for beef and pork.  This data only includes reported exports of boxed muscle cuts (including three or six piece carcasses) and does not include variety meats, further processed products or trim.

Beef Exports Highest of 2024; Central America Leads Rebound in Pork Exports 

Beef exports for the week of May 10-16 reached a 2024 high of 17,300 MT, up 11% from the previous week and 15% above the previous four-week average. Exports to South Korea (5,130 MT, +41%) were the highest since January 2023, exports to Taiwan (1,460 MT, +13%) were the highest since June, and exports to China (3,050 MT, +23%) and Indonesia (320 MT, +37%) were the second highest this year. Exports to Guatemala (120 MT, +72%) were the highest in six weeks and exports were also higher to Hong Kong (390 MT, +29%) and the Philippines (290 MT, +31%). Exports trended lower to Japan (3,320 MT, -9%), Mexico (1,300 MT, -11%) and Canada (740 MT, -17%). 

Beef net sales were 21,520 MT, up 42% from the previous week and 32% above the previous four-week average. Sales to Mexico (2,920 MT, +94%) were the highest since July, sales to China (5,820 MT, +168% and including decreases of 200 MT) were the highest since October, sales to Indonesia (430 MT, +219%) were the highest since January and the third highest this year, and sales to Hong Kong (750 MT, +90%) were the highest in 11 weeks and the third highest this year. Sales were also higher to Korea (5,130 MT, +40% and including decreases of 400 MT) and Guatemala (120 MT, +59%), but slowed to Japan (2,550 MT, -46% and including decreases of 300 MT), Taiwan (1,590 MT, -2% and including decreases of 200 MT), Canada (1,000 MT, -7%) and the Philippines (30 MT, -83%). 

Pork exports totaled 34,280 MT, up 3% from the previous week but 5% below the previous four-week average. Exports to Honduras (1,250 MT, +76%) were the highest on record, exports to Guatemala (400 MT, +56%) and Hong Kong (50 MT, +84%) were the highest in five weeks, and exports were also higher to Nicaragua (210 MT, +8%), Vietnam (150 MT, +28%) and Taiwan (140 MT, +19%). Exports declined slightly to Mexico (13,860 MT, -1) and Australia (910 MT, -1%), and trended lower to Japan (4,700 MT, -8%), Korea (4,290 MT, -16%), China (3,160 MT, -3%), Canada (1,670 MT, -13%), Colombia (1,420 MT, -28%), the Dominican Republic (510 MT, -37%), the Philippines (230 MT, -51%) and Chile (120 MT, -13%). 

Pork net sales were 26,260 MT, up 24% from the previous week but 3% below the previous four-week average. Sales to Australia (990 MT, +92%) were the highest in eight weeks, sales to Taiwan (90 MT) were the highest in five weeks and were positive for the first week following corrections, and sales were also higher to Mexico (10,350 MT, +3% and including decreases of 200 MT), Korea (2,590 MT, +19% and including decreases of 800 MT), Canada (2,000 MT, +8% and including decreases of 600 MT), Colombia (1,850 MT, +13%) and the Philippines (510 MT, +5%). Sales to Vietnam (20 MT) were positive for the fourth week following corrections. Sales slowed to Japan (4,110 MT, -5% and including decreases of 600 MT), China (1,000 MT, -63%), the Dominican Republic (770 MT, -3%), Honduras (500 MT, -33%), Guatemala (100 MT, -77%), Chile (60 MT, -36%), Hong Kong (10 MT, -64%) and Nicaragua (10 MT, -98%).

Beef Sales Rebound to Japan; Pork Exports and Sales Soften

Beef exports for the week of May 3-9 totaled 15,590 MT, down 4% from the previous week but 2% above the previous four-week average. Exports to Indonesia (410 MT, +141%) were the highest since October, exports to Canada (910 MT, +9%) were the second highest so far this year, and exports were also higher to Japan (4,060 MT, +6%), China (2,600 MT, +2%), Mexico (1,560 MT, +10%), and Taiwan (1,250 MT, +3%). Exports trended lower to Korea (3,490 MT, -11%), Hong Kong (290 MT, -4%), the Philippines (170 MT, -37%), and Guatemala (70 MT, -1%).

 Beef net sales were 15,130 MT, up 23% from the previous week but still 11% below the previous four-week average. Sales to Japan (6,620 MT, +77% and including decreases of 300 MT) were the highest since February 2023 and sales were also higher to Taiwan (1,720 MT, +1% and including decreases of 200 MT), Mexico (1,670 MT, +9% and including decreases of 100 MT), and Guatemala (90 MT, +41%). Sales slowed to China (1,940 MT, -25% and including decreases of 200 MT), Korea (1,250 MT, -73% and including decreases of 400 MT), Canada (640 MT, -41%), Hong Kong (300 MT, -28%), Indonesia (120 MT, -12%), and the Philippines (90 MT, -44%).

 Pork exports totaled 33,160 MT, down 5% from the previous week and 13% below the previous four-week average. Exports to Colombia (2,440 MT, +43%) were the highest since February and exports were also higher to Vietnam (130 MT, +3%). Exports trended lower to Mexico (12,740 MT, -14%), Japan (5,050 MT, -7%), Korea (4,310 MT, -20%), China (2,810 MT, -19%), Canada (1,890 MT, -2%), Australia (970 MT, -12%), the Dominican Republic (570 MT, -32%), Honduras (510 MT, -40%), the Philippines (400 MT, -19%), Nicaragua (170 MT, -14%), Guatemala (160 MT, -54%), Chile (150 MT, -20%), Taiwan (50 MT, -67%), and Hong Kong (20 MT, -56%).

Pork net sales fell to a marketing year low of 21,110 MT, down 14% from the previous week and 22% below the previous four-week average. Sales to Honduras (1,200 MT, +81%) and Hong Kong (80 MT, +240%) were the second highest so far this year, sales to Australia (980 MT, +130%) were the highest in seven weeks, sales to the Philippines (800 MT, +95%) were the highest in six weeks, and sales to Japan (4,930 MT, +29% and including decreases of 100 MT) were the highest in five weeks. Sales were also higher to Korea (3,220 MT, +91% and including decreases of 1,100 MT) and Colombia (1,720 MT, +10% and including decreases of 100 MT), while sales slowed to Mexico (4,520 MT, -59% and including decreases of 300 MT), Canada (1,390 MT, -15% and including decreases of 700 MT), the Dominican Republic (750 MT, -8%), China (620 MT, -81%), Chile (100 MT, -24%), Guatemala (40 MT, -92%), and Nicaragua (20 MT, -94%). There were no reported sales to Vietnam and corrections resulted in negative net sales to Taiwan (-1 MT).

  • 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.