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China leads the way as U.S. broiler exports grow through April

June 8, 2020

U.S. broiler and egg exports for the first four months of 2020 increased in both volume and value, while turkey exports grew in value, according to new trade data released by USDA Foreign Agricultural Service.

Broiler exports increased by 17.9 percent in value thanks to both increased export volume and higher export prices.

China led the way. Exports of U.S. broiler products to China from January through April 2020 totaled 99,875 metric tons (of which 43.8 percent or 43,787 metric tons were chicken paws), making it the second-largest export market for U.S. broilers for the period, trailing only Mexico. The total volume of U.S. broiler exports to China in the first four months of 2019 was zero.

Turkey exports also made strides in the China market, for the month of April and for the first four months. For April and for first four-month period, China ranked second, although far behind Mexico, for turkey exports.

Egg volume shipments jumped 31.2 percent for January through April this year when compared to the same period a year earlier when volume was low. Egg exports also were boosted by decreased export prices for egg products.

Get the full story in the June 8 edition of MondayLine.