Pork US export data shows progress
Looking at April data alone, U.S. exports to China (excluding Hong Kong) surpassed export volume to Japan for the first time. Combined exports to China and Hong Kong for the first four months of 2016 were up 78%in volume (up 117% for China alone) and 54 percent in value.
Central America also has been an emerging and important destination for U.S. pork exports as the U.S. pork industry has focused on market development and value-added promotions. For January through April, exports to the region were up 22% in volume and 23% in value compared to 2015.
Exports in volume to Mexico, Japan and South Korea were below last year during the same time period. Development and relationship-building programs are working toward regaining lost market share due to the West Coast port slowdown, ongoing competition and currency challenges.
On average through April, 2016 U.S. pork and pork variety meat exports accounted for 24% of total pork production. Export value averaged $45.73 per head back to pork producers.
The top U.S. pork export markets during the first quarter of 2016 were Mexico (470.4 mill. pounds and $355.9 mill. in value), Hong Kong/China (389.2 mill. pounds and $330.6 mill. in value), Japan (281.8 mill. pounds and $489.9 mill. in value), Canada (139.3 mill. pounds and $239.1 mill. on value), South Korea (113 million in pounds and $129.4 mill. in value) and Central/South America (81.5 mill. pounds and $86.7 mill. in value).
The National Pork Board has responsibility for Checkoff-funded research, promotion and consumer information projects and for communicating with pork producers and the public. hrough a legislative national Pork Checkoff, pork producers invest $0.40 for each $100 value Through a legislative national Pork Checkoff, pork producers invest $0.40 for each $100 value of hogs sold. Importers of pork products contribute a like amount, based on a formula. The Pork Checkoff funds national and state programs in advertising, consumer information, retail and foodservice marketing, export market promotion, production improvement, science and technology, swine health, pork safety and sustainability and environmental management.