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October figures show continued strong year for U.S. broiler exports

December 14, 2020

China led all other markets in the value of U.S. broiler exports in October, the seventh consecutive month it has done so, as it continued to set the pace for what has been a strong year overall for the sector. For the first ten months of 2020, total broiler shipments were up in volume as well as in value worldwide, according to new trade data released by the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service.

Significant gains in broiler exports in the month of October also were registered for Cuba, Haiti, Mexico, Congo (Kinshasa), Canada, Taiwan, and Ghana. But China stood out. Broiler export value to the vast market reached $87.4 million in October, accounting for 27.1 percent of total broiler export value globally. Cumulative broiler export sales to China for January through October have totaled $574.8 million. That’s 19.5 percent of U.S. total export value worldwide.

China also was the second largest export market for U.S. broiler products, in terms of quantity, for October and for the first ten months of this year, behind only Mexico. Broiler exports to China in October 2020 reached 66,956 metric tons, or 19.7 percent of U.S. total exports globally. Cumulative broiler export volume to China for January through October this year totaled 400,326 metric tons (of which 39.5 percent or 158,275 metric tons were chicken paws). That accounted for 13.5 percent of U.S. total exports worldwide.

See more in the December 14 edition of MondayLine.