U.S. pork and pork variety meat exports set a new record for the month of September with an 8 percent increase in volume to 101,131 metric tons and 10 percent growth in value to $251 million compared to last September, according to the latest USDA statistics. Through the first nine months of this year, pork export volume reached 905,392 metric tons valued at $2.2 billion, a 7 percent gain from the same period last year. The U.S. pork industry is aiming to finish the year as the 16th year for growth in volume of pork exports.

Japan is the No. 1 market for U.S. pork and pork variety meat exports, through September accounting for more than 30 percent of total export volume and 40 percent of total export value. Pork exports to Mexico, the second largest market, remain below last year’s levels, but USMEF expects exports to increase during the final quarter as holiday demand and competitive U.S. ham prices are likely to support stronger exports.

For more information on export statistics for individual markets, go to the USMEF statistics page at http://usmef.org/TradeLibrary/Statistics.asp.

Source: USMEF