U.S. beef export shipments recovered last week after falling to a 10-week low the prior week. Export shipments improved by 1,575 metric tons to total 13,422 MT, remaining 502 MT below the 27-week average. Shipments increased by 13 percent over the previous week, however the four-week average fell one percent due to the previous week’s low total. Primary shipment destinations included Mexico (3,500 MT), Japan (1,300 MT), Hong Kong (1,200 MT), Canada (1,000 MT), and South Korea (300 MT).
Export sales were 11 percent lower last week with sales of 16,836 metric tons. Export sales remain above the 27-week average despite the 2,019 MT decrease. Sales were led by Canada, purchasing 3,100 MT, followed by Hong Kong (2,600 MT) and Japan (2,200 MT).