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07 June 2013

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Trade Highlights

U.S. Red Meat Exports Including Variety Meats Beef & Veal Exports for April 2013

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

The USDA Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) recently released April 2013 red meat export and import numbers for the U.S. According to the data, U.S. exports of beef and veal cuts and beef variety meats during April equaled 86,433 MT. Although this was 3.4 percent higher than the previous month, it was 8.8 percent lower than April 2012. Specifically, fresh, chilled beef exports totaled 29,928 MT, which was up 2.4 percent over the previous month but was down 3.3 percent from April 2012. Frozen beef exports totaled 26,448 MT, which was down 10.2 percent from the previous month and was down 24.9 percent from April 2012. During April, the U.S. exported 27,167 MT of beef variety meats. This was 23.1 percent more than the previous month and was 7.1 percent more than April 2012. Total year-to-date beef variety meat exports equaled 100,491 MT, 5.7 percent below a year ago. During April, the U.S. exported 21,487 MT of beef to Japan, which was 15.7 percent higher than March. Year-to-date beef exports to Japan were 49.4 percent greater than a year ago, amounting to 59,971 MT. Japan was the largest beef export market for the U.S. with 17.5 percent of the total. Beef exports to Mexico during April rose 50.0 percent over the previous month to 16,098 MT. Total year-to-date beef exports to Mexico equaled 56,766 MT, 21.7 percent lower than a year ago. During April, the U.S. exported 11,180 MT of beef to Canada. This was down 12.9 percent from the previous month. Year-to-date beef exports to Canada totaled 55,486 MT, 10.1 percent more than last year. Overall, U.S. total year-to-date beef and veal and beef variety meat exports equaled 343,018 MT, which was down 5.0 percent from the same period a year ago.

U.S. Red Meat Exports Including Variety Meats Pork Exports for April 2013

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

During April, the U.S. exported 170,434 MT of pork cuts and pork variety meats. This was up 6.3 percent over March but was down 5.4 percent from April 2012. More specifically, fresh, chilled pork exports equaled 54,902 MT, which was 7.9 percent higher than the previous month and was 4.0 percent higher than April 2012. Frozen pork exports equaled 65,414 MT, which was 2.9 percent higher than the previous month but was 23.6 percent lower than April 2012. U.S. pork variety meat exports during April rose 27.3 percent over the previous month to 36,425 MT. Additionally, this was up 19.7 percent over April 2012. Year-to-date pork variety meat exports totaled 147,131 MT, 5.6 percent above last year. Pork exports to Mexico during April rose 34.7 percent over March to 51,745 MT. Total year-to-date pork exports to Mexico equaled 185,740 MT, which was 6.2 percent lower than last year. Mexico was the leading U.S. pork export market with 27.0 percent of the total. During April, the U.S. exported 34,933 MT of pork to Japan. This was down 5.7 percent from the previous month. Year-to-date pork exports to Japan were 10.8 percent less than last year, amounting to 143,212 MT. Total year-to-date pork exports to China equaled 101,718 MT, 13.8 percent lower than a year ago. Overall, U.S. total year-to-date exports of pork cuts and pork variety meats equaled 688,452 MT, 10.5 percent below the corresponding period a year ago.

U.S. Red Meat Imports Excluding Variety Meats Beef & Veal Imports for April 2013

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

U.S. beef and veal imports during April rose 6.6 percent over the previous month to 77,510 MT. Also, this was up 9.0 percent over April 2012. More specifically, fresh, chilled beef imports totaled 26,484 MT, which was 7.8 percent lower than the previous month but was 3.2 percent higher than April 2012. Frozen beef imports totaled 48,034 MT, which was 15.3 percent higher than the previous month and was 12.7 percent higher than April 2012. U.S. beef imports from New Zealand during April rose 12.5 percent over March to 25,234 MT. Year-to-date beef imports from New Zealand were 35.0 percent more than a year ago, totaling 80,417 MT. New Zealand was the main source for U.S. beef imports with 29.2 percent of the total.

During April, the U.S. imported 19,185 MT of beef from Australia, which was 21.9 percent higher than the previous month. Total year-to-date beef imports from Australia equaled 64,519 MT, 9.6 percent less than last year. Beef imports from Canada during April fell 6.8 percent from the previous month to 16,486 MT. Year-to-date beef imports from Canada were 20.8 percent less than last year, amounting to 61,847 MT. Overall, U.S. total year-to-date beef and veal imports reached 275,507 MT, which was 3.6 percent greater than the same period a year ago.

U.S. Red Meat Imports Excluding Variety Meats Pork Imports for April 2013

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

During April, the U.S. imported 30,036 MT of pork. This was 1.0 percent lower than the previous month but was 9.3 percent higher than April 2012. Specifically, imports of fresh, chilled pork equaled 18,769 MT, which was down 3.9 percent from the previous month but was up 25.3 percent over April 2012. Imports of frozen pork equaled 7,538 MT, which was up 4.9 percent over the previous month but was down 12.3 percent from April 2012. During April, pork imports from Canada fell 4.1 percent from March to 23,762 MT. Total year-to-date pork imports from Canada equaled 97,162 MT, 4.8 percent higher than last year. Canada was the largest supplier of pork to the U.S. with 81.7 percent of the total. Pork imports from Denmark during April equaled 2,776 MT, which was up 22.0 percent over the previous month. Year-to-date pork imports from Denmark totaled 9,311 MT, 21.2 percent below a year ago. Overall, U.S. total year-to-date pork imports equaled 118,941 MT, which was 1.8 percent more than the corresponding period a year ago. To obtain further U.S. trade data, go to the FAS website http://www.fas.usda.gov/gats/.

Recently, the World Trade Organization (WTO) released its WTO Annual Report 2013. The annual report provides an overview of WTO activities in 2012 and early 2013. A summary of the year is followed by a review of the WTO’s main areas of activity. To view the entire report, visit the WTO website at http://wto.org/english/res_e/publications_e/anrep13_e.htm.

Oceania

Australia Beef & Veal Exports for May 2013

Source: Department of Agriculture, Fisheries, and Forestry

Recently, Australia’s Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) issued Australia’s red meat export numbers for May 2013. According to the data, Australia’s beef and veal exports during May rose 20.9 percent over April and rose 18.8 percent over May 2012 to a record 103,207 MT. Specifically, frozen beef exports equaled 77,204 MT, which accounted for 74.8 percent of the total. Fresh, chilled beef exports equaled 26,003 MT. Australia’s beef exports to Japan during May totaled 30,374 MT. Although this was 31.4 percent higher than the previous month, it was slightly lower than May 2012. Total year-to-date beef exports to Japan equaled 115,827 MT, 3.9 percent less than last year. Japan was Australia’s primary beef export market with 28.1 percent of the total. During May, Australia exported 19,680 MT of beef to the U.S., which was up 11.0 percent over the previous month but was nearly unchanged from May 2012. Total year-to-date beef exports to the U.S. were 16.2 percent below a year ago, amounting to 84,477 MT. During May, beef exports to China fell 1.4 percent from the previous month to 11,486 MT. However, this was more than 16 times the volume from May 2012. Year-to-date beef exports to China totaled 51,764 MT, nearly 23 times greater than the volume from a year ago. Total year-to-date beef exports to South Korea were 23.4 percent more than last year, amounting to 50,435 MT. Overall, Australia’s total year-to-date beef and veal exports equaled 411,962 MT, which was 11.9 percent above the same period a year ago.

Australia Lamb & Mutton Exports for May 2013

Source: Department of Agriculture, Fisheries, and Forestry

During May, Australia’s lamb exports equaled a record 19,964 MT. This was up 28.9 percent over the previous month and was up 16.2 percent over May 2012. Australia’s lamb exports to the Middle East during May rose 24.2 percent over April and rose 35.9 percent over May 2012 to a record 5,955 MT. Year-to-date lamb exports to the Middle East totaled 24,609 MT, 36.0 percent above a year ago. The Middle East was Australia’s primary lamb export market with 29.5 percent of the total. Lamb exports to the U.S. during May equaled 3,275 MT. This was 8.3 percent higher than the previous month and was 4.9 percent higher than May 2012. Total year-todate lamb exports to the U.S. were up 7.6 percent over last year, amounting to 16,264 MT. During May, lamb exports to China reached a record high of 3,541 MT. This was 50.5 percent more than the previous month and was 37.8 percent more than May 2012. Year-to-date lamb exports to China were 33.5 percent greater than a year ago, amounting to 14,712 MT. Overall, Australia’s total year-to-date lamb exports equaled 83,524 MT, 15.1 percent above the corresponding period a year ago. In the meantime, Australia’s mutton exports during May rose 19.9 percent over April and 119.6 percent over May 2012 to 16,943 MT. This was the highest single month volume since January 2007. During May, Australia exported 4,311 MT of mutton to the Middle East, which was down 15.6 percent from the previous month and was down 5.7 percent from May 2012. Year-to-date mutton exports to the Middle East totaled 22,293 MT, which was 18.9 percent greater than last year. The Middle East was Australia’s main mutton export market with 31.3 percent of the total. Australia’s mutton exports to China during May totaled a record 5,728 MT. This was 71.7 percent higher than the previous month and was more than 11 times higher than May 2012. Total year-to-date mutton exports to China were 609.8 percent above a year ago, reaching 20,221 MT. During May, Australia exported 696 MT of mutton to the U.S. Although this was 12.5 percent lower than the previous month, it was 582.4 percent higher than May 2012. Year-to-date mutton exports to the U.S. totaled 4,672 MT, 152.7 percent more than last year. Overall, Australia’s total year-to-date mutton exports equaled 71,236 MT, 87.7 percent above the same period a year ago. To obtain further data on Australia’s red meat exports, go to the DAFF website at http://www.daff.gov.au/.

North America

On May 30, the USDA Economic Research Service (ERS) and the USDA FAS released the quarterly Outlook for U.S. Agricultural Trade. According to the report, during the fiscal year (FY) 2013, U.S. exports of agricultural products are estimated to value a record $139.5 billion. This is down from the prior forecast of $142.0 billion but is up 2.7 percent over 2012. Exports of livestock products during 2013 are expected to total $18.5 billion, down from the previous forecast of $18.8 billion. Beef and veal exports during 2013 are forecast at 800,000 MT, unchanged from the prior estimate. The value of beef and veal exports is predicted to total $5.1 billion, which is higher than the previous forecast of $5.0 billion. During 2013, U.S. pork exports are estimated at 1.7 MMT, lower than the February estimate of 1.8 MMT due to small volumes and lower prices because of weaker demand from Asia and Mexico and restrictions in Russia. The value of pork exports is forecast at $5.0 billion, down from the prior forecast of $5.4 billion. Beef and pork variety meat exports during 2013 are expected to total 700,000 MT, unchanged from the previous estimate. The value of variety meat exports is forecast at $1.4 billion, unchanged from the previous forecast. In the meantime, during FY 2013, U.S. agricultural imports are estimated to value a record $111.0 billion, which is down from the prior forecast of $112.5 billion. However, this is 7.4 percent greater than 2012. During 2013, the value of livestock and meat imports is forecast at $10.8 billion, up from the prior estimate of $10.3 billion. Imports of cattle and calves during 2013 are predicted to total 2.2 million head, up from the previous estimate of 2.0 million head as tight U.S. supplies are expected to increase cattle imports from Canada and Mexico. The value of those imports is pegged at $1.9 billion, up from the February estimate of $1.5 billion. Imports of live hogs are expected to total 5.4 million head, down from the previous forecast of 5.5 million head. The value of live hog imports during 2013 is forecast at $300 million, which is lower than the prior estimate of $400 million. Beef and veal imports are estimated to total 800,000 MT, unchanged from the prior estimate. The value is forecast at $4.1 billion, also unchanged from the previous estimate. During 2013, pork imports are forecast at 300,000 MT, unchanged from the February projection. The value is forecast at $1.3 billion, also unchanged from the prior forecast. The entire report, which includes a world economic outlook and regional information, is available on the ERS website at http://www.ers.usda.gov/.

June 2013

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