USA, Stone Mountain, Ga US poultry and egg exports delivered a record-setting performance in 2014 despite getting shut out of the Russian market, the USA Poultry & Egg Export Council (USAPEEC) reported.
Exports of US poultry in 2014 reached 4.1 mill. t, up 0.4% over 2013, while the value of poultry exports slipped 0.3% to $5.501 bn., according to year-end trade data from the Foreign Agricultural Service of the US Department of Agriculture.
USAPEEC noted that 2014 was a record year for exports of eggs. Combined exports of table eggs and processed egg products, measured in shell-egg equivalents, advanced 1% to 352.7 mill. dozen, while their value climbed 0.4% to $336.75 mill.
The combined value of US poultry and egg exports was $5.838 bn., down 0.2%. USAPEEC said the figure was within less than one percentage point of the previous record set in 2013.
US broiler meat exports (excluding chicken paws) declined 0.6% to 3.3 mill. t, while value dropped 4% to $4.063 bn. Top markets in 2014 included Mexico up 9% to 696,230 t, Russia down 48% to 143,942 t because of the country's embargo, Angola up 12% to 231,717 t and Canada down 4% to 162,699 t.
Other key broiler markets in 2014 were Cuba with 143,582 t up 3%, Iraq (including transhipments via Turkey) 147,774 t down 10%, China 117,887 t down 10%; Taiwan 115,407 t up 20%, Hong Kong 105,445 t up 47% and Georgia 87,368 t up 1%.
Exports of US chicken paws reached 312,851 t with a value of $441.9 mill., up 4% and 19%, respectively. Hong Kong accounted for 72% of total shipments of paws, while China accounted for 25%. Paw exports to Hong Kong soared 122% and shipments to China dropped 48%.
US turkey exports in 2014 were the second-highest ever, climbing 6% to 364,915 t, surpassing the 2012 record. Export value set a new benchmark, up 11% to $766.8 mill.
The top five markets for US turkey captured 77% of total export shipments of turkey in 2014. The top five markets were Mexico, China, Canada, Benin and Hong Kong. Mexico alone accounted for 63%.