U.S. beef export sales were significantly lower last week with increases from neighboring countries were offset by decreases for Japan. Net sales totaled 3,878 metric tons, down 18,283 MT from the previous week. The 83 percent decline sets last week’s export sales at a 27-week low.
Sales increases were led by Mexico (3,600 MT) and Canada (2,200 MT). Other countries purchasing U.S. beef were South Korea (1,200 MT), Egypt (600 MT) and Taiwan (400 MT). Decreases were noted for Japan (-5,800 MT).
Beef export shipments declined by six percent to 14,928 metric tons. The 1,003 MT decline moved shipments below the 27-week average. Exports were primarily to Mexico (3,200 MT), Japan (2,200 MT), South Korea (1,900 MT), Canada (1,900 MT), and Vietnam (1,600 MT).