22 February 2012
The number 1 imported item is Chicken Meat and Edible Offal Category* followed by the Chicken Sausages and Similar Products Category.
The top 3 regions of the world the US imported poultry products from in 2011 were North and South America followed by the Middle East in a distant third when comparing January-December cumulative totals. Over the last 10 years North America has been the prominent source region for the US of poultry product imports even with a decline from 2010 to 2011. In 2008, South America over took the Middle East and continues to outpace the Middle East’s poultry product imports.
Egg & Egg Products
Total cumulative January-December poultry product imports, including commodity and further processed items, for 2011 are 11% below 2010 but have increased 99% since 2001. The 2011 number 1 imported egg product is Egg Albumen, Not Dried Category and the number 2 egg imported product and the number is Bird Eggs NT In Shell FRSH FRZN, Cookd Water, Etc. Category.
Approximately 86% of the US egg and egg product imports in 2011 came from Canada. A distant second and third for 2011 was East Asia and Southeast Asia.
*Meat and Edible Offal, Heading 0105, of Chickens, Cuts and Offal, Frozen, Other
Source: Department of Commerce, US Census Bureau, Foreign Trade Statistics/USDA, Foreign Agricultural Service
National Mechanically Separated Chicken
MSC prices for all fat contents trended steady to weak. Supplies are moderate to heavy. Schedules normal. Domestic demand is light to moderate at best. Export demand is moderate. Most buyer interest continues to focus on Frozen 15-20% MSC into export channels, however increased resistance has been noted to current asking prices. The spot marketplace is slow and similar to traditional seasonal patterns of old with many anticipating a slowdown for the fast approaching Lenten season. Increased availability of MSC and frames of late is attributed to reduced contractual needs of buyers, heavy inventories of finished products, and reduced retail orders of finished products due to higher prices. Industry will closely monitor the marketplace waiting to see when and where it will eventually settle, yet in the meantime it remains volatile and unpredictable. Market activity is slow to moderate at best. Raw material supplies moderate. Spot frames traded between 10-16 cents FOB.
National Young Turkey Parts
The market on bulk parts was mostly steady. Demand was light to moderate. Offerings moderate. The market on white meat is steady to weak. Demand was light. Offerings moderate. Thigh meat market was steady. Demand was light to moderate. Offerings light to moderate. Trading was slow to moderate. For domestic: frozen breeder breast meat 195 cents, breeder tenders 180 cents, fresh scapula 116 cents, fresh wing meat 135 cents, machine defatted hen gizzards 91-92 cents, frozen tails 51-52 cents, livers 25 cents pet food, grade A breast 8-10 lbs. 167 cents and 12-16 lbs. 177 cents. For export: fresh thigh meat 144-146 cents, frozen wing tips 94.5 cents, fresh tom drums 70-71 cents, frozen scapula 111 cents and fresh thigh meat 144 cents.
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