USA, Washington, DC August exports of US pork muscle cuts were above last year's strong volumes, according to data released by USDA and compiled by the US Meat Export Federation (USMEF).
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.