Despite dropping 8.9 percent in quantity, chicken exports in November last year were up 1.8 percent in value. Exports totaled 307,186 metric tons valued at $383.05 million in November 2011 compared with 337,236 tons valued at $376.20 million in November 2010.  Chicken parts were off 8.0 percent in quantity but up 2.9 percent in value while prepared chicken and sausages increased in both quantity and value. 4.0 percent and 5.3 percent, respectively.  Whole chicken exports decreased significantly in both quantity and value with quantity down 48.8 percent from year earlier and value decreasing 38.9 percent in value from November 2010.

Chicken exports in November 2010 and November 2011 were as follows:

 

U.S. Chicken Exports during the Month of November
Quantity Value
2010 2011 Change 2010 2011 Change
– metric tons – – percent – – million dollars – – percent –
Chicken parts 320,662 294,922 -8.0 341.52 351.32 2.9
Prepared chicken & sausages 7,148 7,435 4.0 23.89 25.15 5.3
Whole chickens 9,426 4,829 -48.8 10.79 6.59 -38.9
Total 337,236 307,186 -8.9 376.20 383.05 1.8

For January-November 2011 chicken exports totaled 3,285,169 tons valued at $3,916.86 million, 5.4 percent more than the 3,117,874 tons during the first eleven months of last year and 16.5 percent above the $3,361.57 million year earlier.  All three sub-categories within the chicken category have sustained increases in both quantity and value during January-November 2011.  Chicken parts gained 4.3 percent in quantity and increased 16.3 percent in value, while whole chickens exports on a percentage basis increased most significantly, 27.9 percent and 32.9 percent, respectfully, for quantity and value.  Prepared chicken and sausages increased 9.3 percent in quantity and 9.9 percent in value, when the first eleven months of last year are compared with the same months in 2010.

Chicken exports during January-November 2010 and January-November 2011 were as follows:

U.S. Chicken Exports for the Period of January-November
Quantity Value
2010 2011 Change 2010 2011 Change
– metric tons – – percent – – million dollars – – percent –
Chicken parts 2,924,893 3,051,387 4.3 2,992.88 3,481.30 16.3
Whole chickens 122,731 157,002 27.9 131.80 175.21 32.9
Prepared chicken & sausages 70,250 76,780 9.3 236.89 260.35 9.9
Total 3,117,874 3,285,169 5.4 3,361.57 3,916.86 16.5

In November 2011, Hong Kong, Mexico, and Russia were the top three parts markets.  Parts to Hong Kong were 38,200 tons valued at $54.96 million, down 14.3 percent in quantity and 11.5 percent lower in value.  However, offsetting some of this decrease were increased exports to China, the fourth largest parts destination in November.  Parts to China were 11,987 tons valued at $15.28 million, a 52.8 percent increase in volume and a 50.5 percent increase in value.  Mexico with 34,645 tons valued at $17.8 million represented a 3.0 percent decline in quantity and a 17.8 percent increase in value.  Parts to Russia in November 2011 were 26,494 tons valued at $31.11 million, a 68.6 percent decrease in quantity and a 65.3 percent decrease in value.  In November 2010 chicken parts exports to Russia were especially large following Russia reopening their market to U.S. poultry.

Next week’s Washington Report will present parts export data for the top 15 markets.