Export sales of U.S. beef increased by 41 percent, moving back above the average for the year. Sales totaled 20,349 metric tons last week with increases reported for Japan (7,500 MT), Mexico (3,400 MT), Egypt (2,800 MT), Vietnam (2,400 MT) and Canada (1,800 MT). Sales increased by 5,910 metric tons raising the 4-week average 22 percent.
Shipments of American beef were up slightly to 16,562 metric tons last week. The increase of 192 metric tons keeps shipments 1,068 MT above the 27-week average. Mexico received the most U.S. beef last week, accepting 3,300 metric tons. Japan and South Korea each received 3,000 MT, followed by Canada (1,900 MT) and Egypt (1,200 MT).