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US Pork Exports Set New Volume Records in 2017

US Pork Exports Set New Volume Records in 2017
Feb 13, 2018

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In 2017, US pork exports recorded the largest year ever in volume, with sales to more than 100 countries around the world.

US pork and pork variety meat exports totalled 5.399 billion pounds valued at $6.486 billion, up 6 percent and 9 percent respectively from 2016.

Craig Morris, vice president of international marketing for the Pork Checkoff, commented:

Exports continue to be an important piece of the puzzle for adding to producers’ bottom line. Recognising the importance of exports, the National Pork Board recently approved nearly $8.7 million for 2018 export market activities, the most significant financial investment of Checkoff dollars in international marketing efforts to date. With more high-quality US pork available than ever, we are redoubling efforts to build on the momentum of the past year.

Pork variety meats were the shining star during 2017. Exports tied the 2011 record, with 82% of edible variety meat exported. Pork variety meat exports totalled $1.17 billion, setting a new total value record and surpassing $1 billion for the first time. Together, China and Mexico accounted for 86% of US pork variety meat exports. In 2017, total edible pork variety meat exports added $9.67 in value to every hog marketed, according to the US Meat Export Federation.

US pork and pork variety meat exports accounted for 26.6% of total pork production, with 22% of muscle cuts exported, in 2017. Export value returned an average $53.47 per head back to producers, up 6 percent from 2016.

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