U.S. poultry exports through the third quarter of 2012 set a new year-on-year record in value, while export quantity was slightly less than the record set in 2008, according to trade data released by the Foreign Agricultural Service

U.S. poultry meat exports for January through September reached 3.04 million metric tons valued at $4.032 billion, up 6.3 percent and 13.8 percent year on year, respectively, from the same period in 2011. Exports of broiler meat (excluding chicken paws) for September were 279,279 metric tons, down 3.3 percent from the same month in 2011, while export value reached $355.1 million, up 4.2 percent, according to the Foreign Agricultural Service report. The decline in broiler shipments in September 2012 is largely because of decreased shipments to Hong Kong, Russia and Angola. Increased shipments to other markets, however, including Mexico, Canada, Kazakhstan, Georgia, Taiwan and the Philippines, helped to bolster the total.

Cumulative broiler meat (excluding paws) exports through the third quarter of 2012 were 2.45 million metric tons valued at $3.087 billion, up 5.9 percent and 17.8 percent, respectively, from the same period in 2011, according to the report. Both export quantity and export value set year-on-year records. Shipments to Mexico for the period rose by 20.5 percent to 408,978 metric tons, while exports to Russia increased by 59.4 percent to 206,923 metric tons. Shipments to Canada were 127,790 metric tons, up 22.8 percent, while exports to Angola reached 123,135 metric tons, up 2.8 percent year on year. 

Exports to other important markets were Cuba, 112,122 metric tons, up 81.8 percent from the same period in 2011r; Iraq (including transshipments via Turkey) 99,005 metric tons, up 0.2 percent; Taiwan, 98,669 metric tons, up 26.2 percent; Hong Kong, 85,245 metric tons, down 54.2 percent; Kazakhstan, 74,095 metric tons, up almost four-fold; and China, 65,279 metric tons, up 42.5 percent.

Total broiler meat (including paws) exports for January through September reached 2.72 million metric tons valued at $3.437 billion, up 5.9 percent and 14.4 percent from the same period in 2011, respectively. Export value set a new record, while export quantity was second-highest on record. Of the total shipments, 42.7 percent or 1.17 million metric tons were shipped to the top five markets — Mexico, Hong Kong, Russia, China and Canada.

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