U.S. beef export shipments moved lower last week, continuing the downward fall in the weeks following the government shutdown. Shipments were four percent lower last week, down 567 metric tons to 12,513 MT. The move keeps shipment totals under the 27-week average and have set a new 10-week low.
Exports were primarily to Hong Kong (3,000 MT), Japan (2,600 MT), Mexico (2,400 MT), South Korea (1,700 MT), and Canada (1,300 MT).
Net beef export sales last week improved by 4,756 metric tons compared to the previous week. Sales totaled 16,562 MT, moving above the 27-week average of 15,624 MT. Net sales for 2013 were reported for Mexico (5,700 MT), Japan (4,300 MT), Hong Kong (2,200 MT), South Korea (2,200 MT), and Canada (1,600 MT). Decreases were reported for the Netherlands (300 MT) and Germany (100 MT).