Beef export sales from the U.S. fell six percent last week, down 955 metric tons to 15,854 MT. Sales move just under the 10-week average; however the four-week average move 16 percent higher compared to the previous week. Export sales increases were reported for Mexico, purchasing 4,800 MT, followed by Japan (3,800 MT) and Hong Kong (3,200 MT). South Korea and Canada received 1,600 MT and 1,100 MT respectively.
U.S. beef export shipments also declined, down 4 percent to 11,517 metric tons. The 533-metric ton decrease moves beef export shipments to a 10-week low, but still 4,193 MT above the lowest week of the year. Export shipments were primarily to Japan, receiving 3,800 MT, followed by Mexico (2,400 MT), Canada (1,300 MT), South Korea (1,100 MT), and Hong Kong (1,000 MT).