U.S. beef export sales improved by eight percent last week with 1,198 metric tons of sales more than the week prior. The higher sales end three consecutive weeks of losses but the recent streak lower keeps the four-week average six percent lower than the previous week. Sales totaling 15,781 MT remain under the 27-week average. Higher beef sales were noted for Mexico (3,000 MT), Canada (2,300 MT), Hong Kong (1,900 MT), Egypt (1,800 MT) and South Korea (1,800 MT).
Beef export shipment also improved over the previous week. Shipments totaled 18,420 metric tons. The 415 MT improvement moved shipments higher for the third consecutive week, keeping the total for the week above the 27-week average. Higher shipments were boosted by exports to Japan (3,600 MT), Mexico (3,100 MT) and Canada (2,300 MT). South Korea received 2,100 metric tons of U.S. beef and Egypt received 1,600 MT.