Chicken exports in March this year slipped 4.2 percent in quantity and also dropped 7.2 percent in value when compared with a year earlier. Exports totaled 315,550 metric tons valued at $387.37 million in March 2014 compared with 329,381 tons valued at $417.41 million in March 2013. Within the overall chicken category, chicken parts were off 3.2 percent in quantity and were down 6.2 percent in value. Prepared chicken and sausages registered a 4.7-percent decrease in quantity but a 0.5 percent gain in value. Whole chicken exports fell 44.5 percent in quantity and decreased 57.3 percent in value when March 2014 is compared with March 2013.

Chicken exports for March 2013 and March 2014 were as follows:

U.S. Chicken Exports in the Month of March
Quantity Value
2013 2014 Change 2013 2014 Change
– metric tons – – percent – – million dollars – – percent –
Chicken parts 313,143 303,107 -3.2 377.53 354.16 -6.2
Prepared chicken & sausages  8,617  8,212  -4.7  27.98  28.13  0.5
Whole chickens  7,621  4,321  -44.5  5.08  5.08  -57.3
Total  329,381  315,550  -4.2  417.41  387.37  -7.2

Mexico in March this year was again the leading parts market with 51,709 metric tons valued at $55.06 million, a 5.8-percent increase in tonnage and a 1.5-percent increase in dollars. Hong Kong, the second largest parts market, took 25,341 tons valued at $38.78 million, a 102.7-percent increase in quantity and an 125.0-percent increase in value. Angola, the third largest parts destination in March this year, decreased 19.2-percent in tonnage and also declined 1.9-percent in value.

The top 15 parts markets had a 2.2-percent decrease in tonnage and a 4.2-percent decrease in value while “other countries” were off 5.7 percent in quantity and down 11.2 percent in value when March 2014 is compared with March 2013. Eight of the top 15 parts markets this March registered increases both in quantity and value.

Chicken parts exports in March 2013 and March 2014 were as follows:

U.S. Chicken Parts Exports for the Month of March
Destination Quantity Value
2013 2014 Change 2013 2014 Change
— metric tons — — percent — — million dollars — — percent —
Mexico  48,873 51,709 5.8 54.25 55.06 1.5
Hong Kong  12,503  25,341  102.7  17.23  38.78  125.0
Angola  20,545  16,610  -19.2  17.33 17.00  -1.9
Russia  28,423  16,659  -41.7  30.24  16.54  -45.3
China  28,690 16,432  -42.7  34.46  20.95  -39.2
Cuba 12,066 13,069  8.3  12.08  13.08  8.3
Turkey  5,875  12,701  116.2  6.68  11.27  68.7
Iraq 13,744 10,793  -21.5  15.16  10.42  -31.3
Georgia  9,564 9,452  -1.2  10.30  8.60  -16.5
Canada 11,517  9,051  -21.4  32.86  25.83  -21.4
Taiwan  14,129  8,711  -38.3  17.52  10.54  -39.8
Philippines 5,742  8,116  41.3  6.35  6.98  10.0
United Arab Emirates  3,183  7,872  147.3 3.43  8.15  137.5
Guatemala  5,747  7,322  27.4  6.93 7.83  13.0
Korea, South  4,335  6,155  42.0  6.59  8.85  34.2
Top 15 Markets  224,936  219,903  -2.2  271.41  259.89  -4.2
Other Countries  88,207  83,204  -5.7  106.12  94.27  -11.2
Grand Total  313,143  303,107  -3.2  377.53  354.16  -6.2

Chicken exports during the first quarter of this year posted a 2.6 percent gain in quantity but a 2.7 percent dip in value. For January-March 2014, chicken exports totaled 914,201 metric tons valued at $1,110.09 million compared with 891,054 tons valued at $1,140.94 million during the same three months in 2013.

Within the overall chicken category, parts during January-March were 876,068 metric tons valued at $1,008.49 million compared with 850,287 tons valued at $1,036.94 million, a 3.0 percent increase in quantity but a 2.7 percent decrease in value. The other two subcategories reported mixed results. Prepared chicken and sausages were 24,655 tons valued at $84.30 million, 4.6 percent more than the 23,574 tons during January-March 2013 and 9.5 percent above the $76.96 million a year earlier. Whole chicken exports recorded lower performance with 14,478 tons valued at $17.30 million compared with 17,193 tons valued at $27.04 million, decreases of 21.6 percent and 36.0 percent for quantity and value, respectively, when January-March 2014 is compared with January-March 2013.

Chicken exports for January-March 2013 and January-March 2014 were as follows:

U.S. Chicken Exports During January-March
Quantity Value
2013 2014 Change 2013 2014 Change
– metric tons – – percent – – million dollars – – percent –
Chicken parts 850,287 876,068 3.0 1,036.94 1,008.49 -2.7
Prepared chicken & sausages  23,574 24,655 4.6 76.96 84.30  9.5
Whole chickens  17,193  14,478  -21.6  27.04  17.30  -36.0
Total  891,054  914,201  2.6  1,140.94  1,110.09  -2.7

Mexico continues to be the leading parts destination. During January-March 2014 parts exports to Mexico totaled 153,247 tons valued at $158.63 million, a 10.0-percent increase in quantity and a 1.4-percent increase in value. Hong Kong was the second largest parts market during the first three months of 2014 when measured in tonnage. Angola was third, followed somewhat closely by Russia and China.

Eleven of the top 15 parts markets had increases in quantity and nine had increases in value during January-March 2014. Together, the 15 largest parts countries had a 5.6 percent increase in quantity but a -0.8 percent decrease in value. At the same time, “other countries” experienced a 3.1-percent decrease in quantity and a 7.7-percent decrease in value.

Chicken parts exports during January-March 2013 and January-March 2014 were as follows:

U.S. Chicken Parts Exports During January-March
Destination Quantity Value
2013 2014 Change 2013 2014 Change
— metric tons — — percent — — million dollars — — percent —
Mexico  139,262  153,247 10.0  156.40  158.63 1.4
Hong Kong  31,323  71,804  129.2  42.88  107.24  150.1
Angola  46,260  49,176  6.3  48.34  49.80 3.0
Russia  71,580  47,188  -34.1  77.95 46.93 -39.8
China  84,946  45,426  -46.5  101.74 57.80  -43.2
Cuba  35,542  37,753  6.2  36.03  37.53 4.2
Georgia  18,541  32,638  76.0  19.96 28.49  42.7
Iraq  29,575  30,074  1.7  33.01 28.87  -12.6
Turkey  14,939  28,350  89.8 16.32 24.38 49.4
Canada  32,985  28,151  -14.7  93.44  76.93  -17.7
Taiwan  40,369  27,570  -31.7  49.17  32.05  -34.8
United Arab Emirates  12,408  25,126  102.5  14.21  24.27  70.8
Philippines  15,016  22,728  51.4  15.31  20.13  31.5
Guatemala  17,346  18,871  8.8  20.40  19.65  -3.7
Korea, South  10,868  16,369  50.6  16.43  23.18  41.1
Top 15 Markets  600,960  634,471  5.6  741.59  735.87  -0.8
Other Countries 249,327  241,597  -3.1 295.35 272.62  -7.7
Grand Total  850,287  876,068  3.0  1,036.94 1,008.498  -2.7