U.S. beef export sales fell 7 percent last week, remaining below the 27-week average and only 3,828 metric tons above the 27-week low. Sales fell 972 metric tons last week to total 12,957 MT. U.S. beef export sales were primarily to Japan (4,300 MT), followed by South Korea (2,700 MT), and Mexico (1,700 MT). Japan may increase orders of U.S. beef as rumors spread about Japan lifting restrictions on U.S. beef imports. The lighter restrictions could return Japans orders of U.S. beef to pre-2003 levels.
U.S. beef shipments improved 3 percent, up 478 metric tons to 16,106 MT. U.S. beef shipments recovered some of the previous week’s losses and returned above the 27-week average. Mexico received the most shipments with 3,400 metric tons, followed by Japan (3,000 MT) and South Korea (2,400 MT).