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International Meat Review - 19 August 2010

05 September 2010

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The latest export figures for US beef show a 265 per cent rise year on year according to the International Meat Review from the USDA,

Trade Highlights

The USDA Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) recently published June 2010 U.S. red meat trade data. According to the numbers, during June, U.S. exports of beef and veal cuts and beef variety meats totaled 96,578 MT. This was up 6.2 percent over the previous month and was up 25.5 percent over June 2009. Specifically, fresh, chilled beef exports equaled 30,888 MT, which was 10.2 percent less than the previous month and was 19.0 percent less than June 2009. Frozen beef exports equaled 34,035 MT, which was 24.7 percent more than the previous month and was 45.2 percent more than June 2009. During June, the U.S. exported 29,183 MT of beef variety meats. This was 24.7 percent higher than the previous month and was 45.2 percent higher than June 2009. During the first half of the year, U.S. beef variety meat exports reached 144,592 MT, 12.4 percent greater than a year ago. Mexico was the main beef variety meat export market with 41,263 MT, or 28.5 percent of the total. During June, U.S. beef exports to Mexico rose 14.0 percent over May to 21,395 MT. During the first half of the year, beef exports to Mexico totaled 117,196 MT, 24.4 percent lower than last year. Nonetheless, Mexico was the primary destination for U.S. beef with 23.7 percent of the total exports. Beef exports to Canada during June fell 21.1 percent from the previous month to 11,201 MT. Year-to-date beef exports to Canada were slightly less than last year, totaling 70,957 MT. First half beef exports to Japan totaled 51,677 MT, 28.5 percent above a year ago. Year-to-date beef exports to South Korea reached 50,221 MT, 94.9 percent greater than last year. Overall, U.S. total beef and veal and beef variety meat exports during the first half of 2010 equaled 495,443 MT, 14.1 percent more than the same period a year ago. According to the USDA Economic Research Service (ERS), strengthening economies and the slow return to pre-BSE export levels has resulted in strong growth in Japan and South Korea.

During June, the U.S. exported 160,514 MT of pork cuts and pork variety meats. This was a little more than the previous month and was 23.5 percent more than June 2009. More specifically, exports of fresh, chilled pork totaled 45,806 MT, which was 11.8 percent higher than the previous month and was 11.5 percent higher than June 2009. Exports of frozen pork totaled 63,591 MT, which was 5.3 percent lower than the previous month but was 23.2 percent higher than June 2009. Exports of U.S. pork variety meats during June rose 3.0 percent over the previous month to 36,347 MT. Also, this was up 27.7 percent over June 2009. During the first half of the year, the U.S. exported 208,092 MT of pork variety meats. This was 10.2 percent less than last year. Mexico was the main primary pork variety meat export market for the U.S. with 75,380 MT, or 36.2 percent of the total. During June, the U.S. exported 43,050 MT of pork to Mexico, which was up 16.8 percent over May. During the first half of the year, pork exports to Mexico were 7.7 percent higher than a year ago, amounting to 262,730 MT. Mexico was the largest buyer of U.S. pork with 28.2 percent of the total. U.S. pork exports to Japan during June rose 15.0 percent over the previous month to 45,769 MT. Year-to-date pork exports to Japan totaled 225,884 MT, which was up 1.3 percent over a year ago. Year-to-date pork exports to Hong Kong were 31.2 percent higher than last year, amounting to 106,124 MT. Total year-to-date pork exports to Canada equaled 88,117 MT, which was 12.9 percent more than last year. Overall, during the first half of 2010, U.S. total exports of pork cuts and pork variety meats equaled 932,530 MT, 2.9 percent above the corresponding period a year ago.

During June, U.S. beef and veal imports totaled 83,815 MT, which was 7.8 percent higher than the previous month and was 4.1 percent higher than June 2009. More specifically, imports of fresh, chilled beef totaled 35,108 MT, which was up 5.6 percent over the previous month and was up 21.8 percent over June 2009. Imports of frozen beef totaled 47,157 MT, which was up 13.0 percent over the previous month and was up 1.7 percent over June 2009. Beef imports from Canada during June fell 1.1 percent from May to 28,913 MT. First half beef imports from Canada reached 28,913 MT, 14.2 percent above last year. Canada was the main source of U.S. beef imports with 37.3 percent of the total imports. During June, the U.S. imported 22,724 MT of beef from New Zealand. This was 6.1 percent higher than the previous month. Year-to-date beef imports from New Zealand were down 6.6 percent from a year ago, amounting to 106,330 MT. U.S. beef imports from Australia during June rose 25.7 percent over the previous month to 21,270 MT. However, total year-to-date beef imports from Australia were 39.6 percent below a year ago, amounting to 91,889 MT. Beef imports from Uruguay during the first half of the year totaled 9,078 MT, which was 32.0 percent less than last year. Overall, U.S. beef and veal imports during the first half of 2010 totaled 420,338 MT, which was 12.0 percent lower than the same period a year ago. The decline is mostly attributed to the lower supplies in Australia, as well as the strong Australian dollar.

During June, U.S. pork imports rose 14.8 percent over the previous month to 32,182 MT. This was also 15.0 percent more than June 2009. More specifically, imports of fresh, chilled pork equaled 18,905 MT, which was up 15.8 percent over the previous month and was up 16.2 percent over June 2009. Imports of frozen pork equaled 8,645 MT, which was up 15.5 percent over the previous month and was up 33.6 percent over June 2009. U.S. pork imports from Canada during June totaled 26,356 MT, which was 11.9 percent more than May. First half imports from Canada totaled 142,623 MT, 1.6 percent higher than last year. Canada was the main source of U.S. pork imports with 82.4 percent of the total. During June, the U.S. imported 3,331 MT of pork from Denmark, which was 32.0 percent greater than the previous month. Total year-to-date pork imports from Denmark were 4.2 percent lower than a year ago, amounting to 17,200 MT. Overall, U.S. total pork imports during the first half of 2010 equaled 173,106 MT, 1.3 percent higher than the same period a year ago. To obtain further U.S. trade data, visit the FAS website at http://www.fas.usda.gov/ustrade/.

North America

According to a recent Global Agricultural Information Network (GAIN) report from USDA FAS, on August 10, 2010, the Mexican government published in the Federal Register a notice to eliminate import duties imposed on U.S. beef. Mexico has imposed the duties on beef for the past 10 years, which ranged from 3 cents per pound to 29 cents per pound. To view the complete report, visit the GAIN website at http://gain.fas.usda.gov/Pages/Default.aspx

Pacific Rim

Recently, Japan’s Ministry of Finance released Japan’s beef and pork import data for May 2010, as reported by the Agriculture and Livestock Industries Corporation (ALIC). According to the data, Japan’s beef imports during May fell 18.4 percent from the previous month to 36,122 MT. However, this was up 11.8 percent over May 2009. Specifically, frozen beef imports equaled 19,324 MT, which was down 17.7 percent from April but was up 23.6 percent over May 2009. Fresh, chilled beef imports equaled 16,758 MT, which was down 19.3 percent from April but was up slightly over May 2009. During May, Japan imported 25,397 MT of beef from Australia. Although this was 23.7 percent lower than the previous month, it was 1.6 percent higher than May 2009. Year-to-date beef imports from Australia totaled 137,840 MT, 4.8 percent less than last year. Australia was Japan’s largest beef import market with 74.5 percent of the total. Japan’s beef imports from the U.S. during May fell 2.7 percent from the previous month to 6,131 MT. This was 34.2 percent higher than May 2009. Total year-to-date beef imports from the U.S. equaled 27,300 MT, 43.3 percent more than a year ago. Japan’s beef imports from New Zealand during May totaled 3,309 MT, which was down 1.0 percent from April but was up 47.6 percent over May 2009. Year-to-date beef imports from New Zealand totaled 13,363 MT, 7.4 percent less than a year ago. Overall, Japan’s total year-to-date beef imports equaled 184,963 MT, which was 1.1 percent higher than the same period a year ago. Japan’s beef marketings during May totaled 61,152 MT. This was 17.5 percent lower than the previous month but was 2.9 percent higher than a year ago. Marketings of imported beef totaled 30,737 MT, 2.3 percent lower than a year ago. Marketings of domestic beef totaled 30,415 MT, 8.8 percent more than last year. At the end of May, Japan’s beef stocks totaled 73,499 MT, which was up 3.6 percent over the previous month and was up 1.4 percent over May 2009. Stocks of imported beef equaled 64,236 MT, 5.3 percent higher than last year. Stocks of domestic beef were 19.2 percent lower than a year ago, amounting to 9,263 MT.

During May, Japan’s pork imports totaled 64,724 MT. Although this was down 6.6 percent from April, it was up 4.6 percent over May 2009. More specifically, imports of frozen product equaled 47,606 MT, which was 4.2 percent lower than the previous month but was 10.8 percent higher than May 2009. Imports of fresh, chilled product equaled 17,115 MT, which was 12.8 percent lower than the previous month and was 9.7 percent lower than May 2009. During May, Japan imported 26,531 MT of pork from the U.S. This was down 5.6 percent from the previous month but was up 10.8 percent over May 2009. Yearto- date pork imports from the U.S. were 8.4 percent less than a year ago, amounting to 121,712 MT. The U.S. was the leading pork import market for Japan with 39.8 percent of the total. Japan’s pork imports from Canada during May fell 18.8 percent from the previous month and 4.4 percent from May 2009 to 14,530 MT. Total year-to-date pork imports from Canada equaled 77,411 MT, which was 5.5 percent higher than a year ago. During May, Japan imported 12,370 MT of pork from Denmark. This was 8.5 percent more than the previous month but was 6.4 percent less than May 2009. Year-to-date pork imports from Denmark totaled 53,779 MT, 11.2 percent higher than last year. Overall, Japan’s total year-to-date pork imports equaled 306,105 MT, which was nearly unchanged from the corresponding period a year ago. During May, Japan’s pork marketings fell 14.8 percent from the previous month to 124,676 MT. Also, this was 1.1 percent less than May 2009. Marketings of imported pork totaled 53,593 MT, 3.1 percent less than last year. Marketings of domestic pork totaled 71,083 MT, which was nearly unchanged from a year ago. At the end of May, Japan’s pork stocks equaled 185,304 MT. This was up 6.0 percent over the previous month but was down 9.2 percent from a year ago. Stocks of imported pork were 11.9 percent lower than last year, amounting to 152,520 MT. Domestic pork stocks totaled 32,784 MT, 5.8 percent higher than a year ago.

Oceania

Australia’s Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) recently published Australia’s red meat export numbers for July 2010. According to the data, Australia’s beef and veal exports during July totaled 89,623 MT. This was up 2.8 percent over the previous month and was up 8.4 percent over July 2009. Additionally, this was the highest single month volume since October 2008. More specifically, frozen beef exports equaled 64,387 MT, which comprised 71.8 percent of the total. Fresh, chilled beef exports equaled 25,236 MT. Australia’s beef exports to Japan during July rose 16.8 percent over June to 32,338 MT. However, this was down 1.5 percent from July 2009. Total year-to-date beef exports to Japan were 3.4 percent lower than last year, amounting to 204,370 MT. Beef exports to Japan continue to be restricted by Japan’s sluggish consumer demand, as well as the high Australian dollar. Japan was Australia’s main beef export market with 38.9 percent of the total. During July, Australia exported 20,699 MT of beef to the U.S. Although this was 15.3 percent lower than the previous month, it was 2.2 percent higher than July 2009. Year-to-date beef exports to the U.S. totaled 126,462 MT, 24.3 percent below a year ago. Australia’s beef exports to South Korea during July totaled 11,948 MT. This was down 1.3 percent from the previous month but was up 13.5 percent over July 2009. Year-todate beef exports to South Korea were 16.2 percent more than a year ago, amounting to 70,234 MT. Overall, Australia’s total year-to-date beef and veal exports equaled 525,718 MT, which was 3.9 percent lower than the

During July, Australia exported 13,006 MT of lamb. This was down 6.8 percent from June but was up 12.9 percent over July 2009. Australia’s lamb exports to the U.S. during July fell 26.9 percent from the previous month to 2,390 MT. However, this was up 2.4 percent over July 2009. Year-to-date lamb exports to the U.S. were 6.0 percent less than last year, amounting to 21,225 MT. The U.S. was the primary lamb export market for Australia with 24.4 percent of the total. During July, Australia exported 3,124 MT of lamb to the Middle East, which was 14.6 percent higher than the previous month and was 13.4 percent higher than July 2009. Total year-to-date lamb exports to the Middle East equaled 17,493 MT, 11.6 percent lower than a year ago. Lamb exports to China during July fell 1.2 percent from June to 1,584 MT. However, this was 63.0 percent greater than July 2009. Year-to-date lamb exports to China were 19.1 percent less than a year ago, amounting to 6,654 MT. Overall, Australia’s total year-to-date lamb exports equaled 86,949 MT, 7.0 percent below the same period a year ago as tight supplies, the strong Australian dollar and high lamb prices have pressured exports. In the meantime, Australia’s mutton exports during July fell 12.8 percent from the previous month and 27.8 percent from July 2009 to 4,773 MT. Also, this set a new monthly record low. During July, Australia exported 2,510 MT of mutton to the Middle East. This was 1.0 percent higher than the previous month but was 31.9 percent lower than July 2009. Year-to-date mutton exports to the Middle East equaled 25,180 MT, 21.5 percent less than last year. The Middle East was Australia leading mutton export market with 45.7 percent of the total. Australia’s mutton exports to Malaysia during July totaled 407 MT, which was down slightly from the previous month but was up 206.0 percent over July 2009. Total year-to-date mutton exports to Malaysia were up 6.3 percent over last year, amounting to 4,658 MT. During July, Australia exported 150 MT of mutton to the U.S. This was 15.7 percent lower than the previous month but was 167.9 percent higher than July 2009. Australia’s year-to-date mutton exports to the U.S. totaled 3,079 MT, 42.0 percent less than last year. Overall, Australia’s year-to-date mutton exports totaled 55,145 MT, 31.1 percent less than the same period a year ago. Additional data on Australia’s red meat market can be found on the DAFF website at http://www.daff.gov.au/.

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