For the first four months of 2009, U.S. broiler meat exports to Cuba were 53,779 metric tons, down 5.5% from the same period of last year. The decrease in export volume to Cuba is due to increased export prices, according to Dr. Renan Zhuang, an analyst for USAPEEC.
The export prices (unit value) in the first trimester of 2009 averaged $919 per metric ton, an increase of 11.9% year on year. Thanks to increased export prices, export value reached of $49.438 million, up 5.7% year on year.
Cuba has remained the fifth largest export market for U.S. broiler meat since 2007, currently trailing behind China, Russia, Mexico and Iraq.