U.S. beef and pork exports hit the highest monthly values ever recorded in March, giving renewed hope to the red meat industry that the pandemic slowdown is mostly behind it, according to a new analysis from the U.S. Meat Export Federation.
Some ag exporters have complained that they can’t get their products into containers or that the filled containers are sitting at port, incurring fees and risking spoilage, because shippers are sending empty containers back to Asia so they can be filled with imports and sent back to the U.S. as fast as possible.
Exports of U.S. beef and pork both experienced a strong finish to the calendar year in December, besting 2019 figures and offering insights into consumer trends around the world and what is yet to come in the new year.
Philip Seng, former president and CEO of the U.S. Meat Export Federation, has been presented Japan’s Order of the Rising Sun, which is awarded to people who have made distinguished achievements in international relations and other fields.
U.S. pork exports to China are still very strong, but trade is expected to decline as the Chinese rebuild the country’s swine herd after the devastation of African swine fever. That means that U.S. exporters are going to have to rely more on other markets in coming years.
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused adjustments in countless aspects of our daily lives in the United States, but it has also hindered one of the most successful promotion efforts for American meat in foreign grocery stores: free samples.
U.S. pork exports continue to break records, buoyed by unprecedented demand from China, where African swine fever decimated production, but American producers are preparing to adapt as the country quickly rebuilds its herd.