Pork Exports US muscle cuts on the rise
Variety meat exports were lower than a year ago, due in part to the lack of available labor required to harvest and export some items.
August exports of US pork muscle cuts were 180,369 t, up 1% from a year ago, though value was down 11% to $448.7 mill. Combined pork/pork variety meat exports were down 2% in volume (217,893 t) and 10% lower in value ($528 mill.). US pork exports remain on a record pace in 2020, with January-August muscle cut exports up 22% from a year ago to 1.68 mill. t, valued at $4.45 bn. (up 20%). Pork/pork variety meat exports were up 17% in volume at just under 2 mill. t, with value up 18% to $5.13 bn.
In August, pork exports to Japan were higher year-over-year and exports to Vietnam set a new record for the second consecutive month. While still lower than a year ago, exports to Mexico and Colombia continued to show improvement.