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New export report results mixed

January 15, 2024

U.S. broiler exports for January through November 2023 decreased by 4.8 percent in volume and 10.4 percent in value from the same period a year earlier, while egg exports increased by 9.9 percent in volume and 17.6 percent in value, according to new trade data released by the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service. Turkey exports were up 18.5 percent in volume but down 2.1 percent in value.

Mexico, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Iraq, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Haiti, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Nicaragua, Georgia, El Salvador, Mozambique, Mauritania, Peru, and Benin registered tremendous gains in broiler exports from the same period a year earlier.

Broiler exports for the first eleven months of 2023 were 3,322,772 metric tons, down 4.8 percent from the same period of last year, while export value was $4.338 billion, down 10.4 percent (Figure 1). Of the total shipment, 54.6 percent or 1,814,902 tons were shipped to the top six markets, including Mexico, China, Taiwan, Cuba, Philippines, and Canada.

Shipments to Mexico in January-November 2023 were 659,855 metric tons, up 9.5 percent from the same period a year earlier. During the same period, Brazilian chicken exports to Mexico reached 171,501 metric tons, up 27.9 percent year over year, while Chilean chicken exports to Mexico were 24,311 metric tons, down 7.0 percent.

Exports to China decreased by 32.4 percent to 391,064 tons (of which 68.4 percent or 267,379 metric tons were chicken paws), while shipments to Taiwan increased by 11.1 percent to 241,917 tons. Exports to other important markets were Cuba, 233,587 tons, down 6.8 percent; Philippines, 156,526 tons, down 11.4 percent; Canada, 131,953 tons, down 7.3 percent; Guatemala, 130,923 tons, up 8.8 percent; Vietnam, 106,578 tons, down 5.1 percent; Angola, 94,300 tons, down 41.8 percent; Congo (Brazzaville), 80,225 tons, up 4.7 percent.

Broiler exports in November 2023 were 283,884 metric tons, down 13.5 percent from the same month of 2022, while export value was $370.6 million, down 11.1 percent. Shipments to Mexico decreased by 1.2 percent year over year to 61,409 metric tons, while exports to China decreased by 60.8 percent to 18,738 tons (of which 72.3 percent or 13,545 metric tons were chicken paws). Shipments to Cuba decreased by 38.9 percent to 16,571 tons, while exports to Taiwan increased by 16.3 percent to 14,343 tons. While exports to United Arab Emirates, Hong Kong, Iraq, Dominican Republic, Vietnam, Congo (Brazzaville), Haiti, Jamaica, and Mauritania increased notably year over year, exports to Angola, Colombia, South Africa, Georgia, Gabon, Chile, and Philippines decreased significantly.

Cumulative turkey exports for January through November 2023 reached 202,823 metric tons, up 18.5 percent from the same period a year earlier, while export value was $578.0 million, down 2.1 percent (Figure 2). Of the total quantity exported, 79.0 percent or 160,269 metric tons were shipped to the top six markets, including Mexico, Canada, Peru, Jamaica, Panama, and Guatemala, with Mexico alone accounting for 67.8 percent or 137,509 metric tons.

Turkey exports in November 2023 reached 22,367 metric tons, up 60.6 percent from the same month of 2022, while export value was $63.0 million, up 19.6 percent. Shipments to Mexico increased by 53.3 percent to 14,895 metric tons, while exports to Leeward-Windward Islands rose by 228 percent to 695 metric tons. Exports to Canada were 691 metric tons, down 1.2 percent year over year, while exports to El Salvador were 621 metric tons, up 39.8 percent. Also, Exports to Costa Rica, Haiti, Taiwan, Guatemala, Bahamas, Benin, Gabon, Japan, Dominican Republic, Congo (Brazzaville), and Hong Kong increased notably year over year.

Total egg exports (table eggs plus egg products in shell egg equivalent) from January to November 2023 increased by 9.9 percent to 162.3 million dozen. The value of those exports increased by 17.6 percent to $269.1 million (Figure 3).

Cumulative exports of table eggs for the first eleven months of 2023 reached 81.5 million dozen, up 29.7 percent from the same period a year earlier, while export value was $147.9 million, up 21.7 percent. Of the total shipments, 87.1 percent or 70.9 million dozen were shipped to the top six export markets, namely Canada, Mexico, Hong Kong, Bahamas, Netherlands Antilles, and United Kingdom.

Table egg exports for November 2023 were 6.1 million dozen, up 10.8 percent from the same month of 2022, while export value was $10.5 million, down 37.9 percent. November exports to Canada were 3.3 million dozen, up 0.4 percent year over year, while exports to Hong Kong reached 0.5 million dozen, up 39.0 percent. While exports to Cuba, Mexio, Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, Leeward-Windward Islands, and United Kingdom increased notably, shipments to Israel, EU-27, and Turks and Caicos Islands decreased significantly.

For egg products, exports in January-November 2023 reached 27,023 metric tons, up 16.3 percent from the same period a year earlier, while export value totaled $121.2 million, up 12.9 percent. Exports to the top six markets including Japan, Mexico, EU-27, Canada, South Korea, and Bahamas accounted for 87.0 percent or $105.5 million.

Exports of egg products in November 2023 were 1,997 metric tons, down 25.7 percent from the same month of 2022, while export value reached $11.3 million, up 66.6 percent. Export sales to EU-27 hit $2.7 million, as compared to $77,000 for November 2022, while export value to Japan was $2.4 million, up 10.1 percent year over year. While export sales to South Korea, Mexico, Colombia, and Australia increased notably, export value to Canada, Kuwait, Israel, and Trinidad and Tobago decreased significantly. – By Dr. Renan Zhuang