U.S. pork exports posted very strong results in August, according to data released by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF), but beef exports were below the record-large totals of August 2018. Joe Schuele has more details.
August pork exports increased 22% from a year ago to 221,586 metric tons (mt), while export value climbed 19% to $588.8 million. These results pushed January-August pork export volume 4% ahead of last year’s pace at 1.7 million mt, while value increased 1% to $4.35 billion. August beef exports totaled 114,119 mt, a 4% decline from last year’s large volume, while export value ($690.3 million) was down 8%. January-August beef exports fell slightly below last year’s record pace, declining 2% in volume (881,526 mt) and 1% in value ($5.44 billion).