According to Dr. Renan Zhuang, the USAPEEC economist, citing USDA figures, exports of 4.24 million dozen for the month generated $3.56 million, corresponding to 83 cents per dozen. The volume exported represented 0.8 percent of total May production of 543 million dozen and is equivalent to the output of 2.2 million hens over a given month. The decline was due to reduced shipments to Hong Kong (down 57 percent), Mexico (down 86 percent) and China (down 79 percent), which comprise the largest importing nations.


In contrast, the USAPEEC reported a 7 percent increase in export volume for egg products in May 2008 compared to 2007, with a value of $7.3 million.