Pork and Hogs

In 2020, the value of U.S. pork & pork product exports to the world reached a record $7.7 billion, up 11 percent from the prior year. The top three markets, accounting for 66 percent of exports, were China at $2.3 billion, Japan at $1.6 billion, and Mexico at $1.2 billion. China overtook Japan as the top market for U.S. pork as African swine fever (ASF) continued to limit China’s domestic pork supplies and buoy demand for imports. However, exports to Japan also rebounded with implementation of lower tariffs under the U.S.-Japan Trade Agreement and major U.S. competitors increasingly focused on the Chinese market. Meanwhile, U.S. exports to Mexico struggled in 2020 as a depreciating peso and weak economy stifled import demand.

More information from the 2020 U.S. Agricultural Export Yearbook

USDA's latest official data on U.S. and global trade, production, consumption and stocks, as well as analysis of developments affecting world trade in pork, can be found in the Livestock and Poultry: World Markets and Trade report.

Data and Analysis

Attaché Report (GAIN)

Argentina: Livestock and Products Annual

Post forecasts Argentine 2022 beef exports at 630,000 tons carcass weight equivalent (cwe), the lowest volume since 2019.
Attaché Report (GAIN)

European Union: Livestock and Products Annual

EU domestic beef production is under pressure from a shrinking dairy herd (with increased milk deliveries but a lower output of animals for slaughter).
Attaché Report (GAIN)

Canada: Livestock and Products Annual

Both the Canadian cattle and swine herd will see contraction to begin 2022. The impacts from the 2021 drought will result in a lower Canadian calf crop in 2022.

News and Features

Washington, DC – The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today issued a report highlighting the progress made to date in implementing the agricultural provisions in the U.S.-China Phase One...
Secretary Perdue: China Phase I Deal is a Bonanza for American Agriculture
Washington, D.C., Nov. 25, 2019 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) today published a final rule clarifying the requirements for reporting foreign sales of beef and pork under the Export Sales Reporting...

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