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21 June 2012

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Overall, U.S. total year-to-date beef and veal and beef variety meat exports equaled 361,126 MT, which was down 9.7 percent from the same period a year ago due to tighter U.S. supplies and a relatively stronger U.S. dollar.
USDA International Meat Review

Trade Highlights

The USDA Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) recently released April 2012 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 94,735 MT. Although this was 5.5 percent higher than the previous month, it was 8.2 percent lower than April 2011. Specifically, fresh, chilled beef exports totaled 30,957 MT, which was up 8.7 percent over the previous month but was down 3.2 percent from April 2011. Likewise, frozen beef exports were up 6.6 percent over the previous month but were down 7.6 percent from April 2011, totaling 35,195 MT. During April, the U.S. exported 25,357 MT of beef variety meats. This was slightly more than the previous month but was 13.3 percent less than April 2011. Total year-to-date beef variety meat exports equaled 106,525 MT, 8.8 percent below a year ago. During April, the U.S. exported 16,808 MT of beef to Mexico, which was 4.8 lower than March. Year-to-date beef exports to Mexico were 12.1 percent less than a year ago, amounting to 72,533 MT. Mexico was the largest beef export market for the U.S. with 20.1 percent of the total. Beef exports to Canada during April rose 6.2 percent over the previous month to 13,556 MT. Year-to-date beef exports to Canada totaled 50,389 MT, 3.7 percent lower than a year ago. During April, the U.S. exported 13,598 MT of beef to South Korea. This was 27.2 percent greater than the previous month. Year-to-date beef exports to South Korea totaled 47,135 MT, 28.3 percent less than last year. Overall, U.S. total year-to-date beef and veal and beef variety meat exports equaled 361,126 MT, which was down 9.7 percent from the same period a year ago due to tighter U.S. supplies and a relatively stronger U.S. dollar.

During April, the U.S. exported 180,224 MT of pork cuts and pork variety meats. This was down 8.1 percent from the previous month but was up slightly over April 2011. More specifically, fresh, chilled pork exports equaled 52,769 MT, which was 9.5 percent lower than the previous month but was 28.2 percent higher than April 2011. Frozen pork exports equaled 85,672 MT, which was 4.2 percent lower than the previous month but was 2.7 percent higher than April 2011. U.S. pork variety meat exports during April fell 12.9 percent from the previous month and 16.7 percent from April 2011 to 30,426 MT. Year-to-date pork variety meat exports totaled 139,295 MT, 12.7 percent below last year. Pork exports to Mexico during April fell 10.4 percent from March to 43,138 MT. Total year-to-date pork exports to Mexico equaled 202,025 MT, which was 19.2 percent higher than last year. Mexico was the leading U.S. pork export market with 26.2 percent of the total. During April, the U.S. exported 39,034 MT of pork to Japan. This was down 8.3 percent from the previous month. Year-to-date pork exports to Japan were 1.1 percent less than last year, amounting to 161,909 MT. Pork exports to China during April rose 11.5 percent over the previous month to 30,196 MT. Total year-to-date pork exports to China equaled 117,775 MT, 53.9 percent above a year ago. Overall, U.S. total year-to-date exports of pork cuts and pork variety meats equaled 769,646 MT, 6.3 percent greater than the corresponding period a year ago.

U.S. beef and veal imports during April fell 4.7 percent from March to 71,099 MT. However, this was 12.8 percent higher than April 2011. More specifically, fresh, chilled beef imports totaled 25,659 MT, which was down 13.1 percent from the previous month but was up slightly over April 2011. Frozen beef imports totaled 42,620 MT, which was down slightly from the previous month but was up 19.8 percent over April 2011. U.S. beef imports from Canada during April fell 17.1 percent from the previous month to 18,000 MT. Year-to-date beef imports from Canada were 8.3 percent more than a year ago, totaling 78,138 MT. Canada was the main source for U.S. beef imports with 29.4 percent of the total. During April, the U.S. imported 22,988 MT of beef from Australia, which was 28.3 percent higher than the previous month. Total year-todate beef imports from Australia equaled 71,372 MT, 74.1 percent greater than last year. Beef imports from New Zealand during April fell 16.9 percent from the previous month to 16,622 MT. Year-to-date beef imports from New Zealand were 3.5 percent more than last year, amounting to 59,554 MT. Overall, U.S. total year-to-date beef and veal imports equaled 266,058 MT, which was 22.0 percent greater than the corresponding period a year ago.

During April, the U.S. imported 27,485 MT of pork. This was 13.9 percent lower than the previous month and was 6.0 percent lower than April 2011. Specifically, imports of fresh, chilled pork equaled 14,977 MT, which was down 21.4 percent from the previous month and was down 8.8 percent from April 2011. Imports of frozen pork equaled 8,595 MT, which was down 1.1 percent from the previous month but was little changed from a year ago. During April, pork imports from Canada fell 21.2 percent from March to 20,064 MT. Total yearto- date pork imports from Canada equaled 92,708 MT, 1.4 percent higher than last year. Canada was the largest supplier of pork to the U.S. with 79.4 percent of the total. Pork imports from Denmark during April equaled 3,797 MT, which was up 15.0 percent over the previous month. Year-to-date pork imports from Denmark totaled 11,817 MT, 3.9 percent less than a year ago. Overall, U.S. total year-to-date pork imports equaled 116,794 MT, which was 1.7 percent more than the same period a year ago. To obtain further U.S. trade data, go to the FAS website http://www.fas.usda.gov/gats/.

US Exports of Pork and Pork Variety Meats to China


US Beef Imports

North America

CanFax recently published Canada’s current cattle on feed numbers for terminal feedlots with 1,000 head or more in the provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan. According to the statistics, Canada’s total cattle on feed on June 1, 2012 equaled 844,873 head. This was 8.8 percent less than one year ago and was 9.5 percent less than two years ago. According to CanFax, this is the smallest June 1 inventory since 2004. Cattle placed on feed during May totaled 102,831 head. This was nearly unchanged from one year ago but was down 10.0 percent from two years ago. The number of steers placed on feed totaled 70,280 head, which accounted for 68.3 percent of the total. Heifers placed on feed totaled 32,551 head. Specifically, placements of feeder cattle weighing less than 600 pounds totaled 3,064 head, which was 12.6 percent lower than a year ago. Placements of feeder cattle weighing 600 to 699 pounds were down 28.7 percent from last year, amounting to 6,186 head. Placements weighing 700 to 799 pounds equaled 11,094 head, 60.9 percent below a year ago. Finally, placements weighing more than 800 pounds totaled 82,487 head, which was 32.1 percent more than last year. Meanwhile, during May, Canada’s fed cattle marketings rose 4.0 percent over one year ago to 151,316 head. However, this was 15.5 percent less than two years ago. To view the complete report, go to the CanFax website at http://www.canfax.ca/.

Pacific Rim

Recently, the Korea International Trade Association (KITA) published South Korea’s beef and pork import numbers for May 2012. According to the data, during May, South Korea’s beef imports fell 6.9 percent from the previous month and 18.6 percent from May 2011 to 20,688 MT. Also, this was the lowest single month volume since February 2011. Specifically, imports of frozen product equaled 17,119 MT, which comprised 82.7 percent of the total. Fresh, chilled product equaled 3,569 MT. South Korea’s beef imports from Australia during May totaled 11,125 MT, which was up 4.0 percent over April but was down 14.0 percent from May 2011. Year-to-date beef imports from Australia totaled 53,154 MT, 13.1 percent less than last year. Australia was the leading beef import market for South Korea with 49.5 percent of the total. During May, South Korea imported 6,512 MT of beef from the U.S. This was 22.9 percent lower than the previous month and was 26.4 percent lower than May 2011. Additionally, this was the lowest level since February 2011. Total year-to-date beef imports from the U.S. were down 10.7 percent from last year, amounting to 40,276 MT. During May, beef imports from New Zealand fell 5.5 percent from the previous month to 2,487 MT. Also, this was 23.8 percent lower than May 2011. Year-to-date beef imports from New Zealand were 24.8 percent lower than last year, totaling 11,757 MT. Overall, South Korea’s total year-to-date beef imports equaled 107,280 MT, 13.3 percent below the same period a year ago. In the meantime, during May, South Korea imported 32,821 MT of pork. This was down 10.1 percent from the previous month and was down 36.4 percent from May 2011. During May, pork imports from the U.S. fell 10.9 percent from April and 33.8 percent from May 2011 to 11,280 MT. Total year-to-date pork imports from the U.S. equaled 61,356 MT, 14.5 percent less than a year ago. The U.S. was the primary supplier of pork to South Korea with 32.4 percent of the total imports. South Korea’s pork imports from Canada during May totaled 4,985 MT. Although this was 14.6 percent more than the previous month, it was 43.8 percent less than May 2011. Year-to-date pork imports from Canada were 22.9 percent less than last year, amounting to 27,510 MT. During May, South Korea imported 3,442 MT of pork from Chile, which was up 2.9 percent over the previous month but was down 13.5 percent from May 2011. Year-to-date pork imports from Chile totaled 16,102 MT, 8.2 percent less than a year ago. Overall, South Korea’s total year-to-date pork imports equaled 189,265 MT, which was 8.6 percent below the corresponding period a year ago. To obtain further data on South Korea’s trade, go to the KITA website at http://www.kita.org/.

June 2012

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