First-half exports to Japan were up 6% from a year ago in volume, while value increased 12% to $1.02 billion. First-half exports to Korea climbed 36%, valued at $802.1 million – up 52% from last year’s record pace.
Beef exports totaled 112,842 metric tons (mt) in November, up 1% from a year ago, while value climbed 6% to $709.2 million. At $7.63 billion, beef export value was up 16% and has broken the full-year record set in 2017.
Last year U.S. beef exports shattered the previous value record and achieved a new high for volume, according to year-end 2018 statistics released by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF).