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Export of Shell Eggs and Products, January 2017.

  

Mar 17, 2017

    

USDA-FAS data as collated by USAPEEC, reflecting export volume and values for shell eggs and egg products are shown in the table below comparing January 2017 with the corresponding month in 2016:-

 

U.S. EGG EXPORTS FOR JANUARY 2017 COMPARED WITH THE CORRESPONDING MONTH IN 2016

    PRODUCT

  January 2016  

January 2017

   Difference

Shell Eggs

 

 

 

Volume (m. dozen)

    8.7     

       7.9

 - 0.8      (-9.2%)

Value ($ million)

    9.0

       7.6

 - 1.4      (-15.5%)

Unit Value ($/dozen)

    1.05

     1.09

 +0.04     (+3.8%)       

Egg Products

 

 

 

Volume (metric tons)

   1,221

  3,036

 +1,815   (+148.6%)

Value ($ million)

       3.6

      7.9

    +4.3    (+119.4%)

Unit Value ($/metric ton)

   2,948

  2,611

   -34.7    ( -11.7.%)

 

Source USDA-FAS/USAPEEC

SHELL EGGS

Shell egg exports from the U.S. during January 2017 decreased by 9.2 percent in volume and 15.5 percent in total value. Unit value was higher by 4 cents per dozen for the month-over-month comparison. Hong Kong was the noteworthy importer, with 2.6 million dozen representing 32.9 percent of volume and 36.8 percent of value of U.S. shipments of shell eggs. The UAE was second in rank with 20.2 percent of volume and 17.1 percent of value. Canada was not among the top-ranked importers in January, based mostly on economic factors and self-sufficiency rather than as a result of HPAI embargos, since our neighbor recognizes regionalization.

Following a severe outbreak of H5N6 HPAI South Korea imported 700,000 cases of shell eggs. A high proportion of this volume was air-freighted to satisfy demand prior to the month-end Lunar New Year. Prospects for additional exports to South Korea will depend on whether the Nation will accept regionalization given the HPAI diagnosis in the now depleted flock of broiler breeders in Tennessee and the second case of LPAI in turkeys in an adjoining county in the State. Other considerations will include price, shell color and intensity of yolk pigmentation relative to consumer demand.

EGG PRODUCTS

The total volume of exported egg products during January 2017 increased by 148.6 percent and total value was higher by 119.4 percent compared to January 2016. Unit value decreased by 11.7 percent to $2,611 per ton reflecting the relationship between World supply and demand.

During January, Japan represented 28.5 percent of the total monthly export volume with 865 m. tons possibly due to the losses experienced from H5N6 HPAI. Mexico increased volume in January by 416 percent and value by 300 percent compared to imports from the U.S. in January 2016. During January the EU imported 320 m. tons of egg products due to shortages occasioned by H5N8 HPAI. Restoration of normal supply relative to demand now prevails in the U.S.as the flocks of in-line breakers and their suppliers have been completely repopulated.

COMMENT

Prospects for future short-term exports of shell eggs will be limited by the willingness of importers to accept the OIE principle of regionalization. This concern follows the recent cases of North American lineage H7N9 HPAI in a flock of broiler breeders (rapidly depopulated without spread) followed by LPAI in turkeys, also in Tennessee Most importing nations, with the noted exception of China are now applying regionalization and permitting imports on a nationwide or state-exclusion basis following H5 or H7 AI infection. Generally pasteurized egg products should not be subject to embargos imposed following reports of AI.