Shipments of U.S. beef increased by two percent last week, up 270 metric tons to 14,203 MT. The increase recovers some of the previous week’s losses and equals the average weekly shipment total for the year. The subtle gains moved the four-week average down five percent from last week’s figure. Shipments were priamarily to Japan, who received 4,100 MT, followed by Mexico (2,800 MT), Canada (2,200 MT) and Hong Kong (2,000 MT). South Korea received 1,900 metric tons of U.S. beef last week.
Beef export sales increased by 45 percent, led by purchases from South Korea (7,500 MT), (Japan (5,100 MT) and Hong Kong (4,100 MT). U.S. border countries Canada and Mexico purchased 2,100 MT and 2,000 MT respectively. Sales increased by 7,165 MT to total 23,225 MT last week.