According to the USDA's Livestock, Dairy and Poultry report, U.S. pork exports in April were 451 million pounds, almost 7 percent higher than a year ago. The 10 largest destination countries in for U.S. pork are listed below.

 

Country

April

2012

April

2011

% change
Year-
over-year

Jan. – April
2012

Jan. – April

2011

% change
Year-
over-year

 

 

--Million lbs --

 

--Million lbs--

 

 

World

451

421

6.9

1,669

1,669

13.5

1

Japan

120

127

-6.2

495

491

0.9

2

Mexico

88

66

31.8

397

336

18.3

3

China

66

24

175.5

259

107

142.3

4

Canada

39

43

-7.9

175

149

17.6

5

South Korea

37

61

-39.5

185

234

-21.1

6

Russia

32

22

41.6

77

52

46.7

7

Australia

14

19

-29.2

72

74

-3.4

8

Hong Kong

13

11

11.9

60

41

44.7

9

Philippines

8

9

-7.5

28

38

-26.3

10

Honduras

5

4

20.8

20

22

-8.9

Continued strong Mexican demand for U.S. pork likely reflects the tight Mexican feed grains balance sheet. In the case of Russia, continued trade disputes with Brazil are likely a factor driving Russian demand for U.S. pork. Chinese imports of U.S. pork products in April were almost three times higher than a year ago.

Assuming that Chinese orders for U.S. pork placed in fall 2011 were shipped by the end of first-quarter 2012, it appears that China is maintaining a more pronounced profile in the U.S. pork market than in the past several years. After the first half of 2008, when China had taken delivery of a large set of purchases, its demand for U.S. pork fell dramatically and persisted at very low levels until mid-2010. Given the volume of recent purchases however, Chinese imports of U.S. pork appear to have stabilized at a much higher level than in the past.