U.S. pork exports in July were almost 407 million pounds, a volume 2.1 percent greater than in July 2012. Exports were lower in the first half of this year, due primarily to weak demand from Asia and Mexico.

The export rebound in July was due mainly to larger shipments to Mexico and Japan, although strong exports to Ukraine, Central and South America, the Caribbean, and the Philippines helped to more than offset lower year-over-year exports to China/Hong Kong and the absence of Russia as a foreign destination for U.S. pork products.