2012 pork exports year-over-year higher

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According to the USDA's latest Livestock, Dairy and Poultry Outlook, U.S. exports were 426 million pounds in December, almost 14 percent lower than a year earlier. For the first time, Mexico was the largest foreign destination of U.S. pork, but even so, shipments to Mexico were more than 10 percent below a year earlier.

Japan was—for the first time in recent memory—the second largest foreign destination for U.S. pork products in December. Shipments to Japan were almost 21 percent below a year ago. Of the top five foreign destinations—Mexico, Japan, China\Hong Kong, Canada, and South Korea—only Canada and South Korea purchased more U.S. pork in December.

For 2012, U.S. pork exports were almost 5.4 billion pounds, 3.7 percent above 2011. While Japan remained the largest foreign destination in 2012, shipments were almost 7 percent lower than a year earlier.

China\Hong Kong, the third largest foreign market in 2012, bought 4.4 percent less U.S. pork. Countries that boosted the “bottom line” in 2012 were Mexico (+12 percent year-over-year, and the second largest foreign destination in 2012), Canada (+17 percent, and the fourth largest buyer in 2012), and Russia (+44 percent, and the sixth largest foreign market in 2012.)

U.S. pork imports in December 2012 were 2.4 percent lower than a year earlier, with imports from Canada accounting for most of the decline.

For the year, the United States imported almost 802 million pounds of pork, down just slightly (-0.22 percent) from 2011. In 2012, imports from Canada were 1.5 percent lower, while shipments from Denmark declined by 7.2 percent. Canada accounted for 78 percent of U.S. imports in 2012; about 9 percent were of Danish origin. These shares are largely unchanged from 2011.

Live swine imports in 2012 totaled almost 5.7 million head, or 2.5 percent lower than 2011. Only imports of breeding animals and 23-50 kg feeder pigs were above a year earlier. More than 99 percent of U.S. swine imports were of Canadian origin in 2012.

Top five foreign destinations for U.S. pork exports in December 2012

Rank

Country

Dec. 2012

Dec. 2011

Change yr.-over-yr.

 

 

--Million lbs--

%

 

World

426

493

-14

1

Mexico

104

116

-10

2

Japan

99

125

-21

3

China/Hong Kong

56

107

-47

4

Canada

51

46

10

5

South Korea

47

37

26

Source:  http://www.ers.usda.gov/data-products/livestock-meat-international-trade-data.aspx

 

Top five foreign destinations for U.S. pork exports in 2012

Rank

Country

2012

2011

Change yr.-over-yr.

 

 

--Million lbs--

%

 

World

5,383

5,189

4

1

Japan

1,379

1,481

-7

2

Mexico

1,163

1,038

12

3

China/Hong Kong

779

815

-4

4

Canada

587

502

17

5

South Korea

417

454

-8

Source:  http://www.ers.usda.gov/data-products/livestock-meat-international-trade-data.aspx



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