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Trade Highlights

US Red Meat Exports Including Variety Meats
Beef & Veal Exports for November 2012

*The year-to-date totals include variety meats.
Source: USDA Foreign Agricultural Service/U.S. Census Bureau

Recently, the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) released U.S. red meat trade data for November 2012. According to the data, during November, U.S. exports of beef and veal cuts and beef variety meats equaled 91,268 MT. This was down 10.0 percent from October and was down 13.4 percent from November 2011. Specifically, exports of fresh, chilled beef totaled 30,231 MT, which was 6.7 percent less than the previous month and was 19.2 percent less than November 2011. Likewise, exports of frozen beef were 13.7 percent less than the previous month and were 3.1 percent less than November 2011, totaling 32,484 MT. During November, the U.S. exported 25,205 MT of beef variety meats, which was 10.2 percent lower than the previous month and was 19.9 percent lower than November 2011. Year-to-date beef variety meat exports totaled 296,229 MT, 10.6 percent below a year ago. During November, U.S. beef exports to Mexico fell 14.0 percent from the previous month to 12,380 MT. Total year-to-date beef exports to Mexico were 24.0 percent less than last year, amounting to 178,540 MT. Mexico was the main U.S. beef export market with 17.1 percent of the total. U.S. beef exports to Canada during November totaled 17,451 MT, which was down 8.8 percent from the previous month. Year-to-date beef exports to Canada equaled 162,203 MT, 6.8 percent less than a year ago. Beef exports to Japan during November equaled 9,863 MT. This was down 23.1 percent from the previous month. Year-to-date beef exports to Japan were down 2.9 percent from a year ago, totaling 143,900 MT. Overall, U.S. total year-to-date beef and veal and beef variety meat exports equaled 1,043,163 MT, which was 11.3 percent below the same period a year ago.

US Red Meat Exports Including Variety Meats
Pork Exports for November 2012

*The year-to-date totals include variety meats.
Source: USDA Foreign Agricultural Service/U.S. Census Bureau

During November, U.S. exports of pork cuts and pork variety meats equaled 197,075 MT. This was down 7.9 from the previous month and was down 7.9 percent from November 2011. More specifically, fresh, chilled pork exports totaled 62,391 MT, which was 7.6 percent lower than the previous month but was 4.4 percent higher than November 2011. Frozen pork exports totaled 79,369 MT, which was 8.7 percent lower than the previous month and was 17.3 percent lower than November 2011. U.S. pork variety meat exports during November fell 15.7 percent from October and 14.8 percent from November 2011 to 37,982 MT. Year-to-date pork variety meat exports totaled 374,206 MT, which was 10.8 percent less than a year ago. During November, the U.S. exported 49,683 MT of pork to the Mexico. This was down 9.4 percent from the previous month. Total year-to-date pork exports to Mexico were 15.4 percent greater than a year ago, amounting to 537,213 MT. Mexico was the main pork export market for the U.S. with 26.3 percent of the total. Pork exports to Japan during November fell 22.2 percent from the previous month to 35,084 MT. Year-to-date pork exports to Japan totaled 424,470 MT, which was 6.0 percent less than last year. During November, the U.S. exported 31,321 MT of pork to China, which was 5.2 percent higher than the previous month. Year-to-date pork exports to China totaled 306,394 MT, which was down 3.1 percent from a year ago. Overall, U.S. total year-to-date exports of pork cuts and pork variety meats equaled 2,041,901 MT, which was 1.8 percent above the corresponding period a year ago.

US Red Meat Imports Excluding Variety Meats
Beef & Veal Imports for November 2012

*The year-to-date totals do not include variety meats.
Source: USDA Foreign Agricultural Service/U.S. Census Bureau

During November, U.S. beef and veal imports rose 5.5 percent over the previous month and 6.3 percent over November 2011 to 50,086 MT. Specifically, fresh, chilled beef imports totaled 19,582 MT, which was 8.4 percent lower than the previous month and was 19.7 percent lower than November 2011. Conversely, frozen beef imports were 17.6 percent higher than the previous month and were 44.7 percent higher than November 2011, totaling 28,201 MT. Beef imports from Australia during November equaled 18,442 MT, which was up 4.9 percent over November 2011. Total year-to-date beef imports from Australia were 46.5 percent greater than last year, amounting to 201,274 MT. Australia was the largest provider of beef to the U.S. with 29.2 percent of the total. During November, the U.S. imported 9,464 MT of beef from Canada, which was slightly higher than the previous month. Year-to-date beef imports from Canada totaled 173,181 MT, 20.3 percent below a year ago. Beef imports from New Zealand during November rose 23.5 percent over October to 6,286 MT. Year-to-date beef imports from New Zealand equaled 153,339 MT, 6.6 percent more than last year. During November, the U.S. imported 8,087 MT of beef from Mexico. This was 6.6 percent less than the previous month. Total year-to-date beef imports from Mexico were 54.2 percent greater than last year, amounting to 82,443 MT. Overall, U.S. total year-to-date beef and veal imports equaled 690,106 MT, which was 8.5 percent above the same period a year ago.

US Red Meat Imports Excluding Variety Meats
Pork Imports for November 2012

*The year-to-date totals do not include variety meats.
Source: USDA Foreign Agricultural Service/U.S. Census Bureau

During November, U.S. pork imports totaled 30,604 MT. Although this was 7.0 percent more than the previous month, it was 5.1 percent less than November 2011. More specifically, imports of fresh, chilled pork equaled 18,779 MT, which was up 5.3 percent over the previous month but was down 4.4 percent from November 2011. Imports of frozen pork equaled 7,483 MT, which was up 10.2 percent over the previous month but was down 1.3 percent from November 2011. U.S. pork imports from Canada during November totaled 24,829 MT, which was 7.5 percent higher than the previous month. Total year-to-date pork imports from Canada equaled 252,888 MT, 1.0 percent less than last year. Canada was the main supplier of pork to the U.S. with 80.0 percent of the total imports. During November, pork imports from Denmark totaled 2,375 MT, which was little changed from the previous month. Year-to-date pork imports from Denmark totaled 29,309 MT, 3.8 percent lower than last year. Overall, U.S. total year-to-date pork imports equaled 316,199 MT, which was a little more than the same period a year ago. Additional U.S. trade data is available on the FAS website at http://www.fas.usda.gov/gats/.

North America

According to data from the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), as reported by USDA Livestock and Grain Market News (LGMN), during 2012, U.S. imports of feeder cattle from Canada totaled 134,842 head. This was 77.4 percent less than 2011. Imports of slaughter steers and heifers from Canada equaled 416,376 head, which was a little higher than 2011. During 2012, slaughter cow and bull imports were 39.1 percent greater than 2011, totaling 254,774 head. Imports of feeder pigs during 2012 from Canada equaled 4,694,417 head, nearly 1.0 percent less than 2011. Slaughter hog imports were down 12.0 percent from 2011, totaling 885,074 head. Additionally, according to recent data from the USDA LGMN, during 2012, the U.S. imported a record 1,446,797 head of feeder cattle from Mexico. This was up 3.2 percent over one year ago and was up 19.3 percent over two years ago due to continued severe drought in Mexico and high U.S. calf prices. It is expected during 2013 that feeder cattle imports from Canada and Mexico will decline as cattle inventories decline. To obtain each weekly report, visit the LGMN website at http://www.ams.usda.gov/LSMarketNews.

Pacific Rim

Japan's Beef Imports for November 2012

*Includes cheek, head & cooked meats.
Source: Japan's Agriculture & Livestock Industries Corporation

Japan’s Agriculture and Livestock Industries Corporation (ALIC) recently released Japan’s beef and pork import statistics for November 2012. According to the data, during November, Japan imported 40,782 MT of beef, which was down 13.4 percent from October and was down 14.7 percent from November 2011. More specifically, frozen beef imports equaled 21,983 MT, which was 24.4 percent less than the previous month and was 20.3 percent less than November 2011. Fresh, chilled beef imports equaled 18,741 MT, which was 4.4 percent more than the previous month but was 7.0 percent less than November 2011. During November, Japan’s beef imports from Australia fell 9.4 percent from the previous month and 20.9 percent from November 2011 to 25,774 MT. Year-to-date beef imports from Australia totaled 294,133 MT, which was 4.8 percent lower than last year. Australia was the main source for Japan’s beef imports with 61.5 percent of the total. Beef imports from the U.S. during November equaled 10,501 MT. This was down 12.9 percent from the previous month and was down 6.6 percent from November 2011. Total year-to-date beef imports from the U.S. were 13.1 percent higher than a year ago, amounting to 124,158 MT. Beef imports from New Zealand during November fell 19.7 percent from the previous month to 1,493 MT. Also, this was slightly lower than November 2011. Total year-to-date beef imports from New Zealand equaled 29,331 MT, 6.4 percent more than a year ago. Overall, Japan’s total year-to-date beef imports were 1.3 percent greater than the same period a year ago, amounting to 478,189 MT. Japan’s beef marketings during October totaled 79,595 MT, which was 20.5 percent more than the previous month and was 3.9 percent more than a year ago. Marketings of imported beef equaled 50,613 MT, 5.2 percent higher than last year. Marketings of domestic beef were up 1.7 percent over a year ago, amounting to 28,952 MT. At the end of October, Japan’s beef stocks totaled 109,051 MT, which was down 1.0 percent from the previous month but was up 16.1 percent over a year ago. Stocks of imported beef equaled 92,841 MT, which was 16.4 percent more than a year ago. Stocks of domestic beef were 14.5 percent higher than last year, amounting to 16,210 MT.

Japan's Pork Imports for November 2012

*Includes edible offal
Source: Japan's Agriculture & Livestock Industries Corporation

Japan’s pork imports during November totaled 63,920 MT, which was 13.2 percent less than the previous month and was 16.5 percent less than November 2011. Specifically, frozen pork imports equaled 40,284 MT, which was 21.0 percent less than the previous month and was 24.2 percent less than November 2011. Conversely, fresh, chilled pork imports were up 4.6 percent over the previous month and were up 1.4 percent over November 2011, equaling 23,634 MT. During November, Japan’s pork imports from the U.S. fell 10.8 percent from October and fell 17.5 percent from November 2011 to 25,635 MT. Year-to-date pork imports from the U.S. totaled 291,690 MT, 1.9 percent lower than a year ago. The U.S. was the primary source for Japan’s pork imports with 40.6 percent of the total. During November, Japan imported 13,987 MT of pork from Canada. This was down 16.0 percent from the previous month and was down 25.7 percent from November 2011. Year-to-date pork imports from Canada were 1.1 percent higher than a year ago, amounting to 158,744 MT. Pork imports from Denmark during November equaled 7,580 MT, which was 24.0 percent less than the previous month and was 30.7 percent less than November 2011. Year-to-date pork imports from Denmark totaled 108,890 MT, 10.2 percent below last year. Overall, Japan’s total year-to-date pork imports equaled 719,060 MT, which was slightly less than the corresponding period a year ago. Japan’s pork marketings during October equaled 154,418 MT. This was up 21.4 percent over the previous month and was up 4.8 percent over a year ago. Imported pork marketings were 2.9 percent higher than a year ago, amounting to 70,622 MT. Domestic pork marketings totaled 83,796 MT, which was 6.5 percent more than last year. At the end of October, Japan’s pork stocks equaled 180,764 MT, which was up slightly over the previous month and was up 11.8 percent over a year ago. Stocks of imported pork totaled 159,969 MT, 13.5 percent greater than last year. Domestic pork stocks equaled 20,795 MT, which was a little more than last year. Additional data can be found on the ALIC website at http://lin.alic.go.jp/alic/statis/dome/data2/e_nstatis.htm.

Oceania

Australia Beef & Veal Exports for December 2012

Source: Department of Agriculture, Fisheries, and Forestry

Recently, Australia’s Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) published Australia’s red meat export data for December 2012 and the year-end. According to the statistics, during December, Australia exported 86,229 MT of beef and veal. Although this was 4.2 percent less than the previous month, it was 5.1 percent more than December 2011. More specifically, frozen beef exports equaled 64,187 MT, which comprised 74.4 percent of the total. Fresh, chilled beef exports equaled 22,042 MT. During 2012, Australia’s exports of frozen beef totaled 705,497 MT, while exports of fresh, chilled beef totaled 258,281 MT. Australia’s beef exports to Japan during December fell 16.8 percent from November and fell 23.3 percent from December 2011 to 23,169 MT. During 2012, Australia’s total beef exports to Japan equaled 308,538 MT, which was 9.8 percent below 2011 due to a strong Australia dollar, increased competition from the U.S. and weak consumer demand. Nonetheless, Japan was the leading market for Australia’s beef exports during 2012 with 32.0 percent of the total. During December, Australia exported 21,796 MT of beef to the U.S. This was 63.6 percent higher than the previous month and was 36.5 percent higher than December 2011. Beef exports to the U.S. during 2012 were 33.5 percent above 2011, totaling 224,111 MT. During December, Australia’s beef exports to South Korea fell 9.0 percent from the previous month to 13,855 MT. However, this was up 12.2 percent over December 2012. Total beef exports to South Korea during 2012 were 13.9 percent lower than 2011, equaling 125,956 MT. Overall, during 2012, Australia’s total beef and veal exports equaled 963,779 MT, 1.5 percent more than 2011.

Australia Lamb & Mutton Exports for December 2012

Source: Department of Agriculture, Fisheries, and Forestry

During December, Australia’s lamb exports fell 12.1 percent from November to 16,452 MT. However, this was up 22.6 percent over December 2011. Australia’s lamb exports to the Middle East during December equaled 4,614 MT, which was 12.3 percent lower than the previous month but was 20.9 percent higher than December 2011. During 2012, Australia’s total lamb exports to the Middle East equaled 51,700 MT, 48.2 percent greater than 2011. The Middle East was Australia’s leading destination for lamb exports with 27.4 percent of the total. During December, Australia exported 2,995 MT of lamb to the U.S. Although this was 11.7 percent less than the previous month, it was 11.9 percent more than December 2011. Lamb exports to the U.S. during 2012 totaled 36,667 MT, which was 6.8 percent higher than 2011. Lamb exports to China during December totaled 2,880 MT, which was down 12.8 percent from the previous month but was up 60.7 percent over December 2011. Australia’s lamb exports to China during 2012 reached 29,521 MT, 39.0 percent more than 2011. Overall, during 2012, Australia’s lamb exports equaled 188,618 MT, 17.9 percent above 2011. Meanwhile, during December, Australia’s mutton exports totaled 13,631 MT. Although this was 1.5 percent lower than the previous month, it was 49.1 percent higher than December 2011. Mutton exports to the Middle East during December totaled 4,254 MT, which was down 23.2 percent from November but was nearly unchanged from December 2011. During 2012, Australia’s total mutton exports to the Middle East were 18.1 percent greater than 2011, totaling 46,699 MT. The Middle East was Australia’s primary buyer of mutton with 43.8 percent of the total exports. During December, Australia exported 4,437 MT of mutton to China. This was up 45.3 percent over the previous month and was up 618.0 percent over December 2011. This was also a monthly record volume. Total mutton exports to China during 2012 were 222.3 percent greater than 2011, equaling 16,352 MT. Mutton exports to the U.S. during December fell 3.8 percent from the previous month and 18.3 percent from December 2011 to 552 MT. During 2012, mutton exports to the U.S. totaled 7,471 MT, 61.8 percent higher than 2011. Overall, during 2012, Australia’s total mutton exports equaled 106,696 MT, which was 29.8 percent above 2011. Additional data on Australia’s export market is available on the DAFF website at http://www.daff.gov.au/.

January 2013

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