Broad-based growth for US April pork exports - USMEF

Export volumes up 15% from last year
calendar icon 13 June 2023
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April exports of US pork achieved gains in a wide range of markets, according to data released by USDA and compiled by the US Meat Export Federation.

Propelled by another month of widespread growth, April pork exports totalled 243,789 metric tons (mt), up 15% from a year ago, while value increased 10% to $660.1 million. For January through April, pork exports climbed 14% to 960,480 mt, valued at $2.62 billion (up 13%).

“International demand continues to be a positive for the entire pork supply chain,” said USMEF President and CEO Dan Halstrom. “While Mexico remains a star performer for US pork, it’s really encouraging to see growth in many markets. Latin American demand has remained strong while the momentum for US pork into the Asia Pacific region has also been increasing. This is critical for maximizing carcass value and generating revenue for an industry that is facing difficult economic conditions.”

Halstrom added that for both beef and pork exports, it is imperative that West Coast port terminal operators reach a contract agreement with longshoremen.

“While there has been no formal strike or lockout, sporadic work stoppages on the West Coast are a major concern for exporters and their international customers,” Halstrom said. “This is especially true for companies shipping chilled beef or pork to Asia. For that business, reliability and timeliness are paramount.”

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