US red meat exports hit a record in March, with pork and beef exports hitting a combined total of nearly $1.6 billion.
Dan Halstrom president and CEO of the US Meat Export Federation says pork exports grew despite a decline in shipments to China. “We saw dramatic growth year-over-year here in Japan, which was up more than 11 percent,” he says. “And of course, Southeast Asia, we saw dramatic growth with African swine fever into the Philippines. And Mexico and Central America were also up.”
Pork exports set a new volume record at nearly 295,000 metric tons with growth in exports to countries outside of the top five markets for US pork.