U.S. pork exports in April were more than 436 million pounds, a volume almost 10 percent larger than exports a year ago. Foreign demand for U.S. pork in April likely increased in part, due to expectations of continued tightness of U.S. pork supplies.

It also appears that some major buyers of U.S. pork—Japan, Mexico, Colombia, South Korea, and Taiwan—are now experiencing animal disease outbreaks, which could result in increased demand for U.S. pork products.

Exports to major foreign markets are summarized below.