International Egg and Poultry Review: US

US - From January to November 2011, the top market for US leg quarters was Russia 144,000 metric tons (MT), 39 per cent less than a year ago, according to the USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS).
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Following behind was Mexico (139,000MT), Angola (139,000MT), Georgia (82,000MT) and Iraq (77,000MT). Russia surpassed Mexico as the top export marketplace for US leg quarters in the second half of 2011 as US exports began increasing in July 2011. US leg quarter exports were about 202 per cent higher from July-November 2011 versus January-June 2011. Mexico had been the top export market for US leg quarters throughout most of 2011 with consistent monthly shipment volumes. Leg quarter shipments to Angola also jumped up significantly between August-October 2011 totalling 67,516MT compared with January-July 2011 at 61,435MT.

Recent export data suggests the US has been successful developing other markets for its leg quarters beyond Russia and China, previously two of its three top export markets, despite a number of trade issues with these countries – i.e. Russia’s reduced quota, China’s anti-dumping and countervailing duties, ongoing anti-dumping case with Mexico, high grain costs, weakness of the US dollar and others.

Percentage of US Leg Quarter Exports by Volume to Top Destinations in 2011*
Note: All data is January-December except for 2011*, which only includes exports from January-November 2011.
Source: USDA FAS

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