February 23, 2007
February 23, 2007 - Exports were up for U.S. red meat in 2006, the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) reports.
Lamb and mutton exports rose 55 percent in volume and 66 percent in value to $27.8 million in 2006, with the largest amount and value ($10.9 million) going to Mexico. Canada and the Caribbean were the next largest markets.
U.S. beef and beef variety meat export volume went up 39 percent in 2006 and 50 percent in value to $2.04 billion in 2006 as more export markets opened.
Pork and pork variety meat export volume was up 9 percent over 2005, making 2006 its 15th straight record-breaking year, and value increased 9 percent as well, to over $2.86 billion. Japan remained the top market in value for U.S. pork with a value of $1.04 billion, despite a 4 percent drop in value from 2005. Mexico led all markets in volume of U.S. pork and pork variety meat exports.
"Export volume outpaced our forecast by 3 percent and this growth occurred without market access to Korea and limited access to Japan," said Erin Daley, USMEF manager, researcher and analysis. "Looking at countries with full market access, in other words exclude Korea, Japan, Russia and Hong Kong/China, U.S. beef export volumes in 2006 were 16.5 percent higher than 2003, prior to the BSE case." Reprinted from U.S. Meat Export Federation