U.S. poultry meat exports for the first half of 2012 set year-on-year records in both quantity and value, according to data released by the Foreign Agricultural Service, led by significant increases in shipments to Mexico, Russia and other key markets.

Exports of U.S. chicken, turkey and duck for January through June reached more than 1.9 million metric tons valued at $2.6 billion, increased 12 and 22 percent, respectively, from the same period in 2011. Total poultry meat exports in June were 323,034 tons valued at $427 million, up 8 and 15 percent, respectively, from June 2011. Export value was the highest ever recorded for June. June exports of broiler meat (excluding chicken paws) totaled 269,129 tons, 12 percent above the same time in 2011, while export value rose more than $340 million, up 25 percent year over year. Exports surged to key markets such as Russia, Cuba, Angola, Mexico, Kazakhstan and Ukraine, while shipments to Canada, Iraq, China and Afghanistan also showed significant growth, according to the Foreign Agricultural Service report.

Cumulative broiler exports (excluding paws) for the first half of 2012 rose by 13 percent to 1.6 million metric tons, while value increased by 28 percent to more than $2 billion compared to 2011 numbers, both of which are year-on-year records. First-half broiler exports to Mexico rose by 18 percent to 264,072 tons, while shipments to Russia grew by 164 percent to 130,542 tons. Exports to Cuba hit 80,421 tons, up 233 percent, while shipments to Angola were 79,498 tons, a climb of 39 percent. Exports to other important markets were Canada, 78,745 tons, up 21 percent; Taiwan, 67,851 tons, up 13 percent; Hong Kong, 65,869 tons, up 38 percent; Iraq (including transshipments via Turkey), 64,027 tons, up 7 percent; Kazakhstan, 54,030 tons, up more than five-fold year-on-year; and China, 39,547 tons, up 61 percent.

Egg Exports  

June table eggs exports were about 10 million dozen valued at $8.1 million, climbing 67 and 54 percent, respectively, thanks to larger shipments to Hong Kong and Angola, said the Foreign Agricultural Service. First-half table egg exports hit 49.6 million dozen valued at $43.7 million, up 34 and 31 percent, respectively. Of the total, 79 percent or 39 million dozen were shipped to the top five export markets of Hong Kong, Canada, the U.A.E., the Bahamas and Angola.

Exports of processed egg products in June reached $11.3 million, up 20 percent over June 2011. Even though the export value to Japan decreased by 8 percent to $3.7 million, value of shipments to the EU increased by 42 percent to $3.7 million, largely because of the lingering egg deficit in the EU. Cumulative export value of egg products in the first half of 2012 were $70 million, up 19 percent year-on-year. Exports to EU-27 increased by 120 percent to $26.7 million, accounting for 38 percent of U.S. total exports worldwide. Exports to Japan decreased by 25 percent to $21.8 million, accounting for 31 percent of U.S. total exports worldwide. While export value to South Korea decreased 24 percent year-on-year, export value to Canada and Mexico increased by 14 and 121 percent, respectively.

Total egg exports (table eggs plus egg products in shell egg equivalents) for the first half of 2012 were 122 million dozen, with an export value of $102.7 million, up 10 and 11 percent from the same period in 2011, respectively. Both export quantity and export value set year-on-year records.

For more information and statistics on U.S. poultry and eggs, see www.wattagnet.com/marketdata.html.