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USDA International Meat Review


18 July 2014

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USDA International Meat Review

Trade Highlights

Recently, the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) published US red meat export and import data for May 2014. According to the figures, during May, US exports of beef and veal cuts and beef variety meats totaled 102,972 MT. This was 3.7 percent higher than the previous month and was 5.3 percent higher than May 2013. More specifically, exports of fresh, chilled product equaled 34,370 MT, which was up 12.7 percent over the previous month and was up 5.9 percent over May 2013. Likewise, exports of frozen product were up 6.9 percent over the previous month and were up 2.0 percent over May 2013, equaling 36,612 MT. US beef variety meat exports during May fell 6.1 percent from April to 28,254 MT. However, this was 7.9 percent more than May 2013. Year-to-date beef variety meat exports totaled 139,918 MT, 10.5 percent greater than last year. During May, US beef exports to Mexico rose 9.7 percent over the previous month to 20,480 MT. Total year-to-date beef exports to Mexico were 33.9 percent more than a year ago, amounting to 96,280 MT. Mexico was the main US beef export market with 20.1 percent of the total. During May, the US exported 19,975 MT of beef to Japan, which was 3.1 percent lower than the previous month. Year-to-date beef exports to Japan totaled 87,269 MT, nearly 1.0 percent lower than last year. Beef exports to Hong Kong during May rose 13.9 percent over the previous month to 13,008 MT. Total year-to-date beef exports to Hong Kong were 69.2 percent more than last year, amounting to 59,486 MT. Overall, US total year-to-date beef and veal and beef variety meat exports equaled 479,352 MT, which was 8.7 percent above the corresponding period a year ago.

US exports of pork cuts and pork variety meats during May totaled 184,210 MT. Although this was 2.9 percent lower than the previous month, it was 3.7 percent higher than May 2013. Specifically, fresh, chilled pork exports totaled 57,924 MT, which was down 4.0 percent from the previous month and was down 5.3 percent from May 2013. Frozen pork exports totaled 72,000 MT, which was up 1.2 percent over the previous month and was up 7.1 percent over May 2013. During May, US pork variety meat exports fell 9.7 percent from the previous month to 37,716 MT. However, this was 12.8 percent higher than May 2013. Total year-to-date pork variety meat exports were 10.7 percent more than a year ago, amounting to 199,899 MT. During May, the US exported 55,437 MT of pork to Mexico, which was 5.7 percent higher than the previous month. Total year-to-date pork exports to Mexico equaled 272,542 MT, which was 15.0 percent greater than last year. Mexico was the largest US pork export market with 28.8 percent of the total. Pork exports to Japan during May fell 11.1 percent from the previous month to 43,121 MT. Year-to-date pork exports to Japan were 17.4 percent more than a year ago, amounting to 211,672 MT. During May, the US exported 17,423 MT of pork to China. This was 15.3 percent lower than the previous month. Year-to-date pork exports to China totaled 127,470 MT, 1.5 percent below a year ago. Overall, US total year-to-date exports of pork cuts and pork variety meats equaled 947,118 MT, 9.4 percent higher than the same period a year ago.

During May, US beef and veal imports totaled 82,039 MT. This was down 9.7 percent from April but was up 20.0 percent over May 2013. Specifically, imports of fresh, chilled beef equaled 29,848 MT, which was 2.8 percent lower than the previous month but was 18.0 percent higher than May 2013. Imports of frozen beef equaled 49,552 MT, which was 14.2 percent lower than the previous month but was 23.4 percent higher than May 2013. During May, the US imported 26,530 MT of beef from Australia, which was 17.5 percent less than the previous month. Total year-to-date beef imports from Australia equaled 108,095 MT, 32.6 percent above a year ago. Australia was the largest beef import market for the US with 29.0 percent of the total. US beef imports from New Zealand during May fell 10.1 percent from the previous month to 21,828 MT. Year-to-date beef imports from New Zealand totaled 98,274 MT, which was 2.2 percent lower than last year. During May, the US imported 16,565 MT of beef from Canada, which was down 4.8 percent from the previous month. Total year-to-date beef imports from Canada were 8.4 percent higher than last year, amounting to 83,977 MT. Year-to-date beef imports from Uruguay reached 10,340 MT, which was 23.2 percent less than a year ago. Overall, US total year-to-date beef and veal imports equaled 373,029 MT, which was 8.5 percent above the same period a year ago.

US pork imports during May rose 6.2 percent over April and rose 16.0 percent over May 2013 to 35,967 MT. More specifically, fresh, chilled pork imports totaled 20,100 MT, which was down 2.7 percent from the previous month but was up nearly 1.0 percent over May 2013. Frozen pork imports totaled 12,154 MT, which was up 28.3 percent over the previous month and was up 61.0 percent over May 2013. Pork imports from Canada during May fell 3.5 percent from the previous month to 25,307 MT. Year-to-date pork imports from Canada totaled 124,897 MT, which was 1.7 percent higher than a year ago. Canada was the main supplier of pork to the US with 77.1 percent of the total. During May, pork imports from Denmark rose 4.7 percent over the previous month to 3,716 MT. Total year-to-date pork imports from Denmark were 36.0 percent more than last year, amounting to 15,567 MT. Overall, US total year-todate pork imports equaled 161,976 MT, 8.0 percent above the corresponding period a year ago. To obtain additional US trade data, visit the FAS website http://www.fas.usda.gov/gats/.

Pacific Rim

Recently, Japan’s Agriculture and Livestock Industries Corporation (ALIC) published Japan’s red meat import data for May 2014. According to the figures, during May, Japan imported 41,012 MT of beef. This was 10.4 percent lower than April and was 26.2 percent lower than May 2013. More specifically, imports of frozen beef equaled 22,841 MT, which was down 13.1 percent from the previous month and was down 30.7 percent from May 2013. Imports of fresh, chilled beef equaled 18,105 MT, which was down 6.7 percent from the previous month and was down 19.9 percent from May 2013. During May, Japan’s beef imports from Australia fell 23.0 percent from the previous month to 21,077 MT. Also, this was 25.3 percent lower than May 2013. Year-to-date beef imports from Australia were 10.7 percent less than a year ago, amounting to 105,056 MT. Australia was the main beef import market for Japan with 54.4 percent of the total. Japan’s beef imports from the US during May totaled 16,471 MT. Although this was 15.5 percent more than the previous month, it was 21.2 percent less than May 2013. Total year-to-date beef imports from the US reached 70,851 MT, 15.0 percent greater than last year. Beef imports from New Zealand during May totaled 2,464 MT, which was 2.8 percent lower than the previous month and was 23.3 percent lower than May 2013. Total yearto- date beef imports from New Zealand were 16.5 percent less than a year ago, amounting to 11,404 MT. Overall, Japan’s total year-to-date beef imports equaled 193,124 MT, 6.7 percent below a year ago. Japan’s beef marketings during April totaled 76,591 MT, 11.4 percent more than the previous month but 2.7 percent less than last year. Marketings of imported beef were down 1.3 percent from last year, equaling 46,703 MT. Domestic beef marketings totaled 29,888 MT, which was 4.8 percent lower than last year. At the end of April, Japan’s beef stocks amounted to 106,639 MT, which was down a little from the previous month but was up 27.6 percent over a year ago. Stocks of imported beef equaled 94,234 MT, 28.2 percent more than last year. Stocks of domestic beef totaled 12,405 MT, 22.8 percent higher than a year ago.

During May, Japan imported 72,419 MT of pork. Although this was slightly less than the previous month, it was 9.8 percent more than May 2013. More specifically, frozen pork imports totaled 45,377 MT, which was 1.6 percent higher than the previous month and was 14.6 percent higher than May 2013. Fresh, chilled pork imported totaled 27,037 MT, which was 3.7 percent lower than the previous month but was 2.6 percent higher than May 2013. Pork imports from the US during May equaled 25,472 MT. This was down 1.2 percent from April and was down 4.3 percent from May 2013. Year-to-date pork imports from the US were 4.2 percent less than last year, amounting to 115,519 MT. The US was the largest supplier of pork to Japan with 34.9 percent of the total imports. During May, Japan’s pork imports from Canada rose 13.7 percent over the previous month and 43.8 percent over May 2013 to 13,677 MT. Total year-to-date pork imports from Canada equaled 61,304 MT, 7.7 percent higher than last year. Japan’s pork imports from Denmark during May totaled 11,024 MT, which was 16.4 percent less than the previous month and was slightly less than May 2013. Year-to-date pork imports from Denmark totaled 55,144 MT, 14.3 percent higher than a year ago. Overall, Japan’s total year-to-date pork imports equaled 330,955 MT, 7.6 percent higher than the same period a year ago. Japan’s pork marketings during April increased 8.5 percent over the previous month and 3.9 percent over a year ago to 146,842 MT. Imported pork marketings totaled 68,954 MT. which was 14.6 percent more than last year. Marketings of domestic pork imports were down 4.1 percent from a year ago, equaling 77,887 MT. At the end of April, Japan’s pork stocks totaled 164,229 MT, which was up 1.2 percent over the previous month but was down 5.6 percent from a year ago. Stocks of imported pork totaled 144,229 MT, 5.7 percent less than a year ago. Stocks of domestic pork equaled 20,000 MT, 4.7 percent lower than last year. 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.

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