Record Volume for U.S. Pork Exports in March, Beef Exports Remain Strong

The U.S. Meat Export Federation says pork and beef exports posted strong first quarter results this year, reaching a new record volume for pork. Pork exports reached 227,000 metric tons in March, up 16 percent year-over-year and topping the previous monthly high set in November 2016. Export value was $586.6 million, up 22 percent. For the first quarter, pork exports were up 17 percent in volume and 22 percent in value. Beef exports totaled 105,000 metric tons in March, up 18 percent year-over-year, with value increasing 22 percent to $588.2 million. First-quarter beef exports were up 15 percent in volume at 292,000 metric tons and 19 percent in value at $1.61 billion. USMEF President and CEO Philip Seng stated in response to the export numbers: “The U.S. is not just moving more meat internationally because we have more available. Our products are commanding solid prices and winning back market share in many key destinations.”

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