Egg Industry Statistics and Reports


Export Data for January-March 2015

May 12, 2015

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-March 2015 with the first three months of 2014:-




Jan.-March. 2014

Jan.March. 2015


Shell Eggs




Volume (m. dozen)



+  11.1    (+31.9%)

Value ($ million)



+$15.0    (+40.3%)

Unit Value ($/dozen)



+ $0.06   (+  5.6%)   

Egg Products




Volume (metric tons)



 -1,169     ( - 8.3%)

Value ($ million)

$ 38.3

$ 36.1

 -$2.2       (- 5.7%)

Unit Value ($/metric ton)



 +$74       (+2.67%)




With respect to shell eggs, exports from the U.S. during the first Quarter of 2015 increased by 31.9 percent in volume and 40.3 percent in total value. Unit value increased 5.6 percent to $1.13 per dozen. Mexico was the noteworthy importer, increasing volume by 125 percent to 18.7 million dozen or 40.7 percent of U.S. shipments of shell eggs. Canada displaced Hong Kong as the second largest importer with 13.4 million dozen, representing a 40.3 percent increase over the first Quarter of 2014 and comprising 29.2 percent of U.S. exports. This volume reflects the imbalance between demand and supply associated with the controlled production system of our Northern neighbor. Hong Kong received 21.4 percent of exports of shell eggs at 9.8 million dozen down 10.9 percent from the 1st Quarter of 2014.  Collectively these three importers represented 91.3 percent of shell egg exports during the first quarter corresponding to 7.8 million hens in production or 2.6 percent of the U.S. flock.


The total volume of exported egg products in January-March 2015 decreased by 8.3 percent and total value decreased by 5.7 percent compared to the first three months of 2014 but offset by a 2.7 percent increase in unit value to $2,782 per ton. Mexico and Japan comprised 41.1 percent and 23.3 percent of export volume respectively with a combined total of 8,364 metric tons. The EU imported 8.8 percent of total volume equivalent to 1,143 metric tons, 36.6 percent more than in January-March 2014.

Exports of shell eggs may not be adversely affected by avian influenza outbreaks since 90-day embargos imposed against Northwest states due to avian influenza will soon expire. The more recent cases on turkey growing farms in Iowa, Missouri, Minnesota and South Dakota should not impact exports of washed and packed shell eggs if the major importing nations accept regionalization by state or county.

Exports of egg products would be even less likely to be embargoed since liquids are pasteurized and egg powders are dried, effectively inactivating virus.  Even if there are no additional states involved in the current outbreak, exports will be impacted for at least 90 days going forward.