U.S. trade data reveal that Mexico was the largest single-country buyer of U.S. red meat and poultry in 2018, accounting for about 24% of beef, pork, lamb, mutton, broilers and turkey exported last year.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture reported that Mexico’s purchases of U.S. animal proteins were spread across red meats and poultry; the country was the largest buyer of U.S. pork, lamb, mutton, broilers and turkey and the third-largest buyer of beef. Japan accounted for a 13% share of red meats and poultry last year.
Japan’s export share was weighted heavily towards purchases of U.S. pork and beef. In fact, it was the second-largest buyer of pork and the largest buyer of beef. South Korea was the third-largest buyer of U.S. pork and the second-largest buyer of U.S. beef, taking 8% of the share of red meat and poultry exports.
Both Canada and China/Hong Kong imported 7% of U.S. red meat and poultry. Canada was the fifth-largest buyer of broiler meat and turkey last year, while China/Hong Kong was the fourth-largest buyer of U.S. beef and the fifth-largest buyer of pork. China/Hong Kong was also the second-largest buyer of turkey.
USDA said a large share of U.S. red meat and poultry exports was distributed in small volumes across a number of countries that account for about 41% of exports.