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USMEF revs up U.S. pork promotions in Japan

The U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) is targeting growth opportunities for branded and thick-cut products in two new initiatives designed to increase sales of American pork. Japan is the top value market for U.S. pork. FULL STORY »

Taiwan restrictions continue to hamper U.S. pork exports

Recently, Taiwan adopted a maximum residue level (MRL) for ractopamine residues in imported as well as domestic beef, however left intact the nation’s ban on pork from hogs that receive ractopamine. FULL STORY »

MEF spotlights 5 points for U.S. pork export prospects

U.S. pork sold to foreign customers in 2011 topped $6 billion for the first time. That will be a tough record to break, especially with global economic uncertainties and world pork production pegged to surpass last year’s level by 2.7 percent. FULL STORY »

Solid but flat pork exports projected for 2012

U.S. pork exports will have a challenge to exceed the tremendous gains made last year, but it is expected that they will hold their ground. “We are encouraged by the first few months of the year,” Phillip Seng, president and chief executive officer of the U.S. Meat Export Federation (MEF), told Pork Network. While he anticipates the final trend line may be flat, “it would still be our second best year on record.” FULL STORY »

February pork exports exceed 2011 pace

U.S. pork exports remained well ahead of last year’s record pace through February. For the first two months of the year, pork exports totaled 399,086 mt valued at $1.09 billion-- the first time ever U.S. pork export value reached the $1 billion mark that quickly. FULL STORY »

U.S. pork spotlighted in Russia

American pork took center stage across western Russia this month with high-profile participation in an international culinary competition and master classes for Russian chefs, as well as at ExpoHoreca, a leading hospitality industry trade show. FULL STORY »

Ag groups call for consistent U.S./EU FTA

– A coalition of 40 food and agricultural organizations, including the National Pork Producers Council, has sent a letter to the Obama administration and Congress, regarding a proposed free trade-agreement between the United States and the European Union. The concern is that it might fall short of long-established U.S. objectives for trade pacts. FULL STORY »

U.S. pork exports face increasing competition Play video

The most important export market for U.S. pork in value terms is Japan and many competitors envy the U.S. market share. In all, 26 countries are going after Japan, the world’s most competitive pork market, according to Phil Seng, U.S. Meat Export Federation president and CEO. FULL STORY »

U.S./South Korea FTA begins March 15

After five years of negotiations, inside and outside of the United States, the U.S. and South Korea Free-trade agreement (FTA), has completed the last step in its approval process. U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk announced on Tuesday, that the KORUS FTA will be implemented on March 15. FULL STORY »

2011 U.S. meat exports exceed $11.5 billion

Pork exports totaled 2.255 million metric tons valued at $6.11 billion, breaking the previous volume record of 2.052 million metric tons and shattering the value record of $4.88 billion. FULL STORY »

U.S. closing in on record pork export year

With two months of the year left to go in terms of meat export reports, U.S. pork exports are on pace to set a record. October set a new all-time monthly value record at $573.9 million, which pushed the cumulative export value to a new annual record of $4.93 billion. That breaks the previous high of $4.88 billion in 2008. FULL STORY »

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