U.S. beef export sales were 1,524 metric tons lower than the previous week, a 10 percent decline that moves beef sales under the 10-week average. Sales totaled 14,330 MT last week, moving the four-week average seven percent higher than the previous figure. Sales increases were reported for Japan, up 8,300 MT, followed by Mexico (1,700 MT) and South Korea (1,300 MT). Hong Kong and Canada purchased 1,100 MT and 800 MT respectively.
Beef export shipments increase eight percent, up 874 metric tons to 12,391 MT. The increase lifts shipments from the 10-week low set in the previous week, but isn’t enough to move over the 10-week average of 13,588 MT. U.S. beef export shipments were primarily to Japan (4,500 MT), Mexico (2,500 MT), South Korea (1,400 MT), Canada (1,100 MT), and Hong Kong (900 MT).