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Mexico increases pork exports
calendar icon 19 April 2017
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Fernando Ortiz
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Mexico increases pork exports

Mexican pork exports grew 9.5 percent in 2016, compared to the previous year.

Last year, pork sales abroad totaled more than 432 thousand tons, unlike the 395 thousand that were exported in 2015, the main destinations are Asia, Japan, South Korea and China.

The Japanese market is one of the most important for this meat product, four out of every five tonnes exported go to that country.
In addition, the renewed political and trade relationship between Mexico and China will allow pork exports, among other agrifood products, to increase in the short and medium term, in light of the Asian giant's high demand.

Data from the Agri-Food and Fisheries Information Service (SIAP) indicate that pork production in the country in 2016 grew by 49 thousand tons (3.75 percent growth compared to 2015, with 1,364,200 tonnes).

The same agency - referred to SAGARPA - reported that the six main pork producing states are Jalisco, with 265,217 tonnes; Sonora, 234,639; Puebla, 166,947; Yucatan, 135,442; Veracruz, 122,329, and Guanajuato, 110,489 tons.

Data from the SIAP show that the national inventory is more than 1.7 million head of pigs and that per capita consumption is 16.3 kilograms.

Mexican Hog Market

Following is the pork price trend in Mexico since the first week of this year:

Date MXN/kg US/lb
12-Apr 24.44 0.59
05-Apr 24.35 0.59
29-Mar 24.65 0.59
22-Mar 25.88 0.62
15-Mar 26.28 0.61
08-Mar 26.84 0.62
01-Mar 26.55 0.61
22-Feb 27.32 0.62
15-Feb 27.88 0.62
08-Feb 28.56 0.63
01-Feb 29.84 0.65
26-Jan 30.52 0.66
18-Jan 31.56 0.65
11-Jan 32.32 0.67
04-Jan 31.84 0.67

Pork prices have been much steadier over the last three weeks, considering that seasonality has been a critical factor (40 days Lent and Easter) that has negatively affected red meat consumption. We think the price will recover as the warm season looms, and more pork leave Mexico to international destinations.

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