2012 beef exports 4 percent higher than previous year

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Beef exports for 2012 totaled 841,400 metric tons, up 30,700 metric tons from the previous year.

U.S. beef export sales totaled 11,800 MT for the 2013 marketing year, beginning Jan. 1. Sales were primarily to Vietnam, purchasing 2,900 MT. Other countries purchasing U.S. beef were Japan (1,700 MT), Mexico (1,600 MT) and Canada (1,400 MT). Decreases were noted for the Netherlands, down 300 metric tons. Net sales for the first part of the week, Dec. 28-31, totaled 800 metric tons with increases for South Korea (400 MT), Canada (200 MT), Mexico (100 MT), and Japan (100 MT). Increases were partially offset by decreases for Vietnam  (100 MT).  A total of 55,300 MT were outstanding on Dec. 31 and carried over to the 2013 marketing year.

Exports for the first week of 2013 totaled 7,300 MT and were primarily to Mexico (1,700 MT), South Korea (1,100 MT) and Canada (1,000 MT).

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