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06 March 2012

International Egg and Poultry Review: US Chicken Paw & Feet ExportsInternational Egg and Poultry Review: US Chicken Paw & Feet Exports

The US shipped a total of 346,048 MT of paws and feet in 2011, 13% higher than 2010 (306,853 MT) and 27% lower than 2009 (473,691 MT). US paw exports have been on the decline since 2008 (508,735 MT).
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During the fourth quarter of 2011, exports totaled 82,570 MT, 16% lower than the third quarter of 2011 and 6% lower than the fourth quarter of 2010 (87,927 MT). Total exports in the last quarter of 2011 were also 13% lower than 2009 (95,016 MT) and 27% lower than 2008 (112,533 MT).

In December 2011, exports of US paws and feet totaled 22,162 MT, 18% lower than November 2011 (26,858 MT) and 11% lower than 2010 (24,964 MT). December 2011 export totals were also 6% lower than 2009 (23,538 MT) and 8% lower than 2008 (24,151 MT).

China and Hong Kong have been the leading markets of US paws and feet for some time despite trade disputes in the last few years. Combined China and Hong Kong account for 98% of US paw and feet exports. US exports to China and Hong Kong together totaled 338,098 MT of paws and feet in 2011, 16% higher than in 2010 (290,507 MT), 27% lower than 2009 (463,602 MT), and 32% lower than 2008 (494,903 MT).

Outside of China and Hong Kong, Vietnam and the Philippines have been battling back and forth the past few years vying for third and fourth place. Significant export increases have been made not only in 2011, but since 2008 to Taiwan, Singapore, South Korea, Haiti, Malaysia, and Trinidad and Tobago.

In February 2012, a Chinese trade delegation to the US led by Vice President Xi Jinping and Agriculture Minister Han Changfu concluded. A US delegation led by Agriculture Undersecretary Mike Scuse, accompanied by about 30 US companies, is planned for late March 2012. The diplomatic visit is designed to foster new trade relationships between US and Chinese companies, as well as to resolve longstanding trade disputes involving chicken (i.e. allowance of Chinese processed chicken imports into the US and the suspension of anti-dumping and countervailing duties), among other topics. Both continue to wait for a decision from the World Trade Organization regarding anti-dumping.
Source: Department of Commerce, US Census Bureau, Foreign Trade Statistics/USDA FAS/News Wires

Published by USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS)

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