March pork exports were more than 483 million pounds, almost 22 percent ahead of exports in March 2013. Exports were much stronger than expected, and may reflect foreign buying in anticipation of reduced summer pork supplies from PEDv.

Total U.S. exports this year—forecast at 4.9 billion pounds— are expected to fall 2.8 percent below a year ago. The 10 largest foreign buyers of U.S. pork for both March and the first quarter of 2014 are listed below.