U.S. pork exports had a good month in April, and the news was even better for U.S. beef – it gained 27 percent.
U.S. pork or pork variety meat export value increased by about 7 percent over April 2009 and reached its highest level since November 2008. Beef or beef variety meat export value topped its year-ago level by 27 percent and was about 10 percent higher than in April 2003, the last year of “pre-BSE” market access.
According to statistics released by the USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF), April pork or pork variety meat exports totaled 156,211 metric tons (344.4 million pounds) valued at $400.95 million, bringing the cumulative January-April total to 625,004 metric tons (1.38 billion pounds) valued at $1.51 billion.
April beef plus beef variety meat exports totaled 82,827 metric tons (182.6 million pounds) valued at $311.3 million, bringing the cumulative 2010 total to 307,949 metric tons (678.9 million pounds) valued at $1.1 billion.
Source: U.S. Meat Export Federation