International Egg and Poultry Review

By the USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service - This is a weekly report looking at international developments concerning the poultry industry, this week looking at U.S. Poultry Exports To Canada.
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U.S. Poultry Exports To Canada

Domestic chicken consumption is showing signs of increasing in Canada. Chicken production has decreased 1% in Canada by head count. However, the total weight of the chickens slaughtered stayed the same. Meanwhile, the volume of United States (US) exports to Canada from January-June, 2006 exceeded the increased volume of Chicken exports to the US . Even though some of the quantities may have been imported under the import for re-export program, Canada’s total exports for January-July, 2006 have declined 21% when compared to the same time frame last year.

Domestic turkey consumption may be also showing some signs of increasing in 2006. Canada has increased turkey production by about 5% and average weights are up 6% for the January-July, 2006 time frame over 2005. Turkey exports meanwhile decreased 22% in 2006 from the comparable January-July time frame in 2005. A point worth noting is that even though overall exports are down, exports to the US continued to increase.

Turkey imports from Canada ranged from 0 on frozen whole turkeys to an 874% increase over last year on fresh/chilled cuts and a 20% increase over 2005 on fresh/chilled whole turkeys being drawn inpart by the high US domestic prices. However, Canada’s imports of turkey items from the US have decreased 66% from 2005 while Canada’s overall turkey imports decreased 60%.

Canada’s poultry exports in the future may increase if the US approves a change in import rules. The US is proposing to change the rules that forbid the importation of Canadian pork and poultry items that have been processed in plants that also handle cattle. The rule has a comment period until October 10, 2006.
Sources: USDA/FAS, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada


On August 15, 2006 the Secretary of Treasury published the Modification to the Foreign Trade Rules for 2006. Included in the report was the addition of Ciudad Hildalgo to the list of authorized border crossing points for the import of meat and edible offals. The border crossing point was listed in Annex 21 in Chapter 20 of the report.
Source: USDA/FAS

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