Export sales of U.S. beef increased by 6,613 metric tons, a 65 percent increase over the previous week. Sales totaled 16,809 MT last week and moved 734 MT above the 27-week average. Last week’s higher sales also lifted the four-week average by 26 percent over the previous figure. Increases were reported for Japan (11,200 MT), Mexico (2,000 MT) and Canada (1,400 MT). South Korea, and Hong Kong purchased 1,200 MT and 400 MT respectively.
U.S. beef export shipments declined four percent last week, down 452 metric tons to 12,050 MT. The decline erased some of the previous week’s gains and is only 455 MT above the 10-week low set two weeks earlier. Exports were primarily to Japan (3,700 MT), Mexico (2,200 MT), South Korea (1,600 MT), Canada (1,500 MT), and Hong Kong (800 MT).