U.S. egg exports in 2011 rose to 275.4 million dozen, up 6.6 percent from 2010, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's latest report.

Much of the growth was due to higher shipments to a number of Asian markets. Exports to Canada declined by 11 percent, and Japan became the largest overall market for U.S. eggs and egg products. Although shipments to Canada fell, strong gains to Japan and Mexico more than offset the decline, according to the USDA. Exports to Mexico totaled 19.1 million dozen, 29 percent higher than the previous year.

In Asia, the biggest gains were from larger shipments to South Korea, Japan and Hong Kong. Together, these three countries accounted for 104 million dozen of U.S. egg and egg-product exports, 47 percent higher than the amount they imported in 2010. The value of egg exports increased even faster, with shipments totaling $408 million, an increase of 14 percent from 2010 numbers. 

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