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USDA International Meat Review


16 February 2012

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The USDA Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) recently issued US red meat trade statistics for December 2011 and for the year end.
USDA International Meat Review

Trade Highlights

According to the numbers, US exports of beef and veal cuts and beef variety meats during December totaled 108,699 MT. This was up 3.3 percent over the previous month and was up 5.7 percent over December 2010. Specifically, exports of fresh, chilled beef totaled 36,005 MT, which was 4.0 percent lower than the previous month and was slightly lower than December 2010. Exports of frozen beef totaled 37,009 MT, which was 10.6 percent higher than the previous month and was 11.3 percent higher than December 2010. Exports of beef variety meats during December rose 3.4 percent over November and 9.9 percent over December 2010 to 32,358 MT. During 2011, total beef variety meat exports reached 364,689 MT, 18.3 percent greater than 2010. Egypt was the largest beef variety meat export market for the US with 113,952 MT, or 31.2 percent of the total. During December, US beef exports to Mexico totaled 22,050 MT, which was slightly higher than the previous month. Total beef exports to Mexico during 2011 equaled 256,939 MT, 3.8 percent more than 2010. Mexico was the primary beef export market for the US during 2011 with 20.0 percent of the total exports. US beef exports to Canada during December rose 14.9 percent over the previous month to 16,926 MT. During 2011, beef exports to Canada equaled 191,051 MT, which was 24.7 percent greater than 2010. US total beef exports to Japan during 2011 were 27.4 percent above 2010, amounting to 158,647 MT. Beef exports to South Korea during 2011 increased 36.6 percent over 2010 to 154,021 MT. Overall, during 2011, US beef and veal and beef variety meat exports totaled 1,287,372 MT, which was 20.6 percent greater than 2010 and was a return to pre-BSE levels.

During December, US exports of pork cuts and pork variety meats equaled 212,694 MT, which was a little lower than the previous month but was 16.1 percent higher than December 2010. More specifically, fresh, chilled pork exports totaled 60,088 MT, which was up slightly over the previous month and was up 18.8 percent over December 2010. Frozen pork exports totaled 91,076 MT, which was down 5.2 percent from the previous month but was up 39.6 percent over December 2010. During December, exports of pork variety meats rose 4.9 percent over November to 46,912 MT. This was relatively unchanged from December 2010. During 2011, total US pork variety meat exports were 5.6 percent more than 2010, totaling 466,870 MT. The largest pork variety meat export market was Mexico with 145,549 MT, or 31.2 percent of the total. During December, the US exported 59,122 MT of pork to Mexico. This was 28.4 percent higher than the previous month. Total US pork exports to Mexico during 2011 were 1.5 percent lower than 2010, amounting to 524,640 MT. Mexico was the leading destination for US pork with 23.6 percent of the total exports. US pork exports to Japan during December equaled 41,804 MT, a little higher than the previous month. During 2011, the US exported 493,169 MT of pork to Japan, which was 13.5 percent more than 2010. During 2011, pork exports to China totaled 360,652 MT, 221.2 percent greater than 2010. Overall, during 2011, US exports of pork cuts and pork variety meats equaled 2,220,649 MT, 18.2 percent above 2010 due to strong exports to Asian countries because of a favorable exchange rate and disease issues in some countries.

During December, US beef and veal imports totaled 52,190 MT. This was up 10.7 percent over November and was up 9.8 percent over December 2010. Specifically, fresh, chilled beef imports totaled 24,553 MT, which was slightly higher than both the previous month and December 2010. Frozen beef imports totaled 24,722 MT, which was 26.8 percent higher than the previous month and was 48.9 percent higher than December 2010. US beef imports from Canada during December rose 3.3 percent over the previous month to 18,108 MT. During 2011, the US imported 235,305 MT of beef from Canada, which was 20.4 percent less than 2010. Canada was the main supplier of beef to the US with 34.2 percent of the total imports. During December, the US imported 7,654 MT of beef from New Zealand, which was 79.8 percent more than the previous month. Imports of beef from New Zealand during 2011 were down 3.3 percent from 2010, totaling 151,541 MT. Beef imports from Australia during December rose 8.8 percent over November to 13,167 MT. During 2011, the US imported 150,524 MT of beef from Australia, which was 20.3 percent below 2010. US beef imports from Uruguay during 2011 were down 8.5 percent from 2010, amounting to 15,781 MT. Overall, during 2011, US beef and veal imports totaled 688,118 MT, 10.4 percent less than 2010.

US pork imports during December fell 7.7 percent from the previous month to 29,766 MT. However, this was 2.7 percent higher than December 2010. More specifically, fresh, chilled pork imports totaled 18,100 MT, which was down 7.9 percent from the previous month and was down 4.3 percent from December 2010. Likewise, frozen pork imports were down 3.2 percent from the previous month and 1.0 percent from December 2010, totaling 7,340 MT. Pork imports from Canada during December fell 10.1 percent from the previous month to 24,784 MT. During 2011, the US imported 280,270 MT of pork from Canada, which was 8.1 percent less than 2010. Canada was the leading provider of pork to the US with 81.5 percent of the total imports. During December, pork imports from Denmark totaled 2,382 MT. This was 19.4 percent higher than the previous month. Pork imports from Denmark during 2011 equaled 32,798 MT, which was 1.5 percent less than 2010. Overall, during 2011, US total pork imports were 6.4 percent less than 2010, amounting to 343,772 MT. Additional data is available on the FAS website at http://www.fas.usda.gov/gats.

On February 13, the USDA published its USDA Agricultural Projections to 2021 report. According to the report, the expected increase in US meat exports over the next decade is due to the continuation of global economic growth, a depreciation of the US dollar, and continued international demand for selected cuts from the US Recovery is expected to continue for US beef exports to Japan and South Korea. Additionally, as US herds begin to increase slowly, beef exports to Australia and Canada are predicted to increase. Meanwhile, production efficiency in the US pork market is expected to improve international competitiveness. However, long term gains will be determined by costs of production and environmental regulations. Japan, South Korea, and Mexico will remain the largest markets for US pork exports in the long term. The complete report is available on the USDA Economic Research Service (ERS) website at http://www.ers.usda.gov/Publications/OCE121/.

China

Recently, the USDA Economic Research Service (ERS) released a special report, China’s Volatile Pork Industry. China’s potential to be a major pork importer provides opportunities for hog farmers, businesses and investors around the world. The report details the volatility in China’s pork industry. It discusses recent trends in pork imports and fluctuations of prices in China. The report also explores rising feed costs, policy interventions, structural changes and disease outbreaks in China. To view the entire report, visit the ERS website at http://www.ers.usda.gov/Publications/ldp/2012/01Jan/ldpm21101/.

Pacific Rim

Recently, Japan’s Agriculture and Livestock Industries Corporation (ALIC) published Japan’s red meat import data for December 2011 and for the year-end. According to the numbers, Japan imported 45,673 MT of beef, which was down 4.5 percent from November and was down slightly from December 2010. More specifically, frozen beef imports totaled 27,209 MT, which was 1.4 percent lower than the previous month and was 1.9 percent lower than December 2010. Fresh, chilled beef imports totaled 18,392 MT, which was 8.8 percent lower than the previous month but was 1.0 percent higher than December 2010. During 2011, Japan’s total frozen beef imports equaled 303,831 MT, which accounted for 58.7 percent of the total; while fresh, chilled beef imports equaled 213,380 MT. During December, Japan’s beef imports from Australia fell 7.5 percent from the previous month and 2.6 percent from December 2010 to 30,145 MT. During 2011, Japan’s total beef imports from Australia equaled 339,266 MT, which was 3.5 percent less than 2010. Australia was the largest provider of beef to Japan with 65.5 percent of the total imports. Beef imports from the US during December equaled 10,793 MT. Although this was down 4.0 percent from the previous month, it was up 6.9 percent over December 2010. Japan’s beef imports from the US during 2011 were 31.6 percent above 2010, amounting to 120,605 MT. The US market share was 23.3 percent. During 2011, Japan imported 2,196 MT of beef from New Zealand, which was 46.3 percent more than the previous month but was nearly 1.0 percent less than December 2010. During 2011, Japan imported 29,755 MT of beef from New Zealand, which was 5.8 percent lower than 2010. Overall, Japan’s total beef imports during 2011 equaled 517,833 MT, which was 3.6 percent more than 2010 due mostly to the increased presence of the US This was the highest level of beef imports since 2003. During November, Japan’s beef marketings totaled 80,292 MT, which was 4.8 percent higher than the previous month but was 3.2 percent lower than a year ago. Marketings of imported beef equaled 45,308 MT, 8.1 percent less than a year ago. Marketings of domestic beef equaled 34,984 MT, 3.9 percent more than a year ago. Japan’s beef stocks at the end of November equaled 96,864 MT. This was up 3.2 percent over the previous month and was up 5.6 percent over a year ago. Imported beef stocks were 4.6 percent more than a year ago, amounting to 82,246 MT. Domestic beef stocks were 11.5 percent more than a year ago, totaling 14,618 MT.

During December, Japan imported 67,536 MT of pork. This was down 11.7 percent from the previous month but was up 12.7 percent over December 2010. Specifically, imports of frozen pork totaled 47,399 MT, which was 10.9 percent lower than the previous month but was 22.7 percent higher than December 2010. Imports of fresh, chilled pork totaled 20,106 MT, which was 13.8 percent lower than the previous month and was 5.5 percent lower than December 2010. During 2011, Japan’s total frozen pork imports equaled 538,221 MT, which accounted for 67.9 percent of the total; while fresh, chilled pork imports equaled 254,312 MT. During December, Japan’s pork imports from the US fell 15.3 percent from the previous month to 26,310 MT. However, this was 7.7 percent more than December 2010. During 2011, Japan’s pork imports from the US were 8.5 percent greater than 2010, amounting to 323,656 MT. The US was the leading supplier of pork to Japan with 40.8 percent of the total imports. Japan’s pork imports from Canada during December equaled 16,906 MT, which was down 10.2 percent from the previous month but was up 15.2 percent over December 2010. Total pork imports from Canada during 2011 equaled 173,962 MT, 2.6 percent less than 2010. During 2011, Japan imported 130,723 MT of pork from Denmark, which was 2.1 percent lower than 2010. Overall, Japan’s total pork imports during 2011 equaled 792,692 MT, 5.3 percent above 2010. Japan’s pork marketings during November equaled 151,498 MT, which was up 2.9 percent over the previous month but was down 1.1 percent from a year ago. Imported pork marketings totaled 70,490 MT, which was 1.5 percent more than a year ago. Domestic pork marketings totaled 81,007 MT, which was down 3.3 percent from a year ago. At the end of November, Japan’s pork stocks equaled 168,563 MT, which was up 4.3 percent over the previous month but was down 3.7 percent from a year ago. Imported pork stocks totaled 147,002 MT, 1.4 percent less than a year ago. Domestic pork stocks were 16.8 percent less than a year ago, amounting to 21,561 MT. Additional data on Japan’s red meat trade can be found on the ALIC website at http://lin.alic.go.jp/alic/statis/dome/data2/e_nstatis.htm.

Oceania

Australia’s Department of Agriculture, Fisheries, and Forestry (DAFF) recently published Australia’s red meat export data for January 2012. According to the numbers, during January, Australia’s beef and veal exports totaled 47,168 MT. This was 42.5 percent less than the previous month but was 13.5 percent more than January 2011. More specifically, exports of frozen beef equaled 34,458 MT, which accounted for 73.1 percent of the total. Exports of fresh, chilled beef equaled 12,710 MT. During January, Australia exported 16,799 MT of beef to Japan. This was down 44.4 percent from the previous month but was little changed from January 2011. Beef exports to Japan comprised 35.6 percent of the total. Australia’s beef exports to the US were 26.3 percent lower than the previous month, totaling 11,774 MT. However, this was up 97.1 percent over January 2011. Beef exports to the US during January accounted for 25.0 percent of the total. During January, Australia exported 6,722 MT of beef to South Korea, which was down 45.6 percent from the previous month and was down 12.8 percent from January 2011.

During January, Australia exported 10,479 MT of lamb. Although this was down 21.9 percent from the previous month, it was 11.4 percent higher than January 2011. Australia’s lamb exports to the Middle East during January fell 20.2 percent from the previous month to 3,047 MT. However, this was 39.5 percent more than a year ago. The Middle East was Australia’s largest lamb export market with 29.1 percent of the total. Lamb exports to the US during January equaled 1,947 MT. This was 27.2 percent lower than the previous month but was 8.5 percent higher than January 2011. The US accounted for 18.6 percent of the total exports. During January, Australia’s lamb exports to China equaled 1,571 MT. Although this was 12.3 percent less than the previous month, it was 17.5 percent more than January 2011. In the meantime, during January, Australia’s mutton exports equaled 7,153 MT. This was 21.8 percent lower than the previous month and was 2.2 percent lower than January 2011. Australia’s mutton exports to the Middle East during January totaled 3,079 MT, which was 27.7 percent less than the previous month and was 13.4 percent less than January 2011. The Middle East was Australia’s primary market for mutton exports with 43.0 percent of the total. During January, Australia exported 692 MT of mutton to the US. This was up 2.4 percent over the previous month but was down 10.8 percent from January 2011. This was the lowest January volume since 1996. Also, this accounted for 9.7 percent of the total exports. Further data concerning Australia’s red meat exports can be found on the DAFF website at http://www.daff.gov.au/.

South America

According to Uruguay’s National Institute of Meat (INAC), during 2011, Uruguay’s beef exports totaled 339,880 MT. This was 7.2 percent less than 2010. During 2011, Uruguay exported 113,001 MT of beef to Russia, which was 6.3 percent less than 2010. Russia was Uruguay’s largest beef export market with 33.2 percent of the total. Beef exports to the EU during 2011 were 12.8 percent less than 2010, amounting to 59,511 MT. This accounted for 17.5 percent of Uruguay’s total beef exports. During 2011, Uruguay exported 37,390 MT of beef to the US This was 9.5 percent more than 2010 and accounted for 11.0 percent of Uruguay’s total beef exports. Uruguay’s cattle slaughter during 2011 totaled 2,010,808 head, 8.8 percent less than 2010. Meanwhile, during 2011, Uruguay exported 17,370 MT of sheep meat. This was 11.3 percent less than 2010. Sheep meat exports to the EU during 2011 increased 7.4 percent over 2010 to 6,281 MT. The EU was the main sheep meat export market for Uruguay with 36.2 percent of the total. During 2011, Uruguay exported 4,958 MT of sheep meat to Brazil, which was 25.0 percent less than 2010. This accounted for 28.5 percent of the total exports. Sheep meat exports to China during 2011 rose 164.4 percent over 2010 to 3,117 MT. Uruguay’s sheep slaughter during 2011 totaled 1,155,385 head, 7.9 percent lower than 2010. To obtain further data on Uruguay’s meat sector, visit the INAC website at http://www.inac.gub.uy/.

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