Poultry & Meat

2013 Record Year for Exports of US Poultry and Eggs

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Poultry and egg exports from the United States reached a new record in value in 2013, up 3% over 2012 to $5.862 billion, according to year-end trade data released recently by the USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS).

Also, 2013 was a record-setting year for exports of US chicken and turkey. Combined export value climbed to $5.527 billion, 1.3% ahead of 2012, while export quantity was 4.1 million metric tons, up 1%.

For the first time, Mexico was the top destination for US chicken, turkey and egg exports, with combined exports reaching nearly $1.3 billion, up 16.7%.

Exports of US broiler meat (excluding chicken paws) for 2013 also set records in quantity and value – 3.3 million tons valued at $4.3 billion, up 1% and 2%, respectively.

Top markets for US broiler meat ranked as follows: Mexico, up 14% to 637,049 tons; Russia, up 4% to 276,127 tons; Angola, up 14% to 206,868 tons; Canada, down 2% to 168,793 tons.

Exports to other important markets were: Iraq, 164,707 tons, up 24%; Cuba, 138,933 tons, down 8%; China, 131,133 tons, up 38%; Taiwan, 96,233 tons, down 19%; Georgia, 86,280 tons, up 4%; Guatemala, 78,777 tons, up 12%.

Exports of chicken paws in 2013 reached 299,833 tons, a decrease of 18% from the previous year, while export value was $372.6 million, down 17%. Of total paw shipments, 50% went to China, up 3.8% from 2012, and 34% went to Hong Kong, down 47%.

Total broiler meat (including paws) exports in 2013 weighed in at 3.6 million tons valued at $4.6 billion, 43% of which went to the top five markets of Mexico, China, Russia, Angola, and Hong Kong.

140211 US poultry broiler and paws

Although exports of US turkey last year slipped by 5% to 343,814 tons, value advanced to a record of $687 million, up by 1% over 2012, according to FAS statistics.

140211 US poultry turkey

As it has for more than two decades, Mexico remains the top destination for US turkey. Shipments to that country last year dipped by 1% to 185,898 tons, while value rose by 2% to $379.6 million. Exports to second-leading market China, meanwhile, fell by 6% to 43,240 tons, while value inched up by 1% to $71.1 million.

The top five markets of Mexico, China, Canada, the Philippines and Benin accounted for 75% of total US turkey exports, with Mexico alone accounting for 54%.