of U.S. broiler meat, excluding chicken paws, rose 18 percent in 2008
from 2007 to a record quantity of 3.2 million metric tons, as their
value soared to a record $3.5 billion, an increase of 28 percent,
according to the USA Poultry & Egg Export Council.
The top three markets for U.S. broilers – Russia, China, and Mexico
– imported 46 percent of the total volume, down from 52 percent in
2007. Export volume rose 12 percent to China and rose 27 percent to
Mexico but fell 4 percent to Russia.
Broiler meat export prices in the second half of 2008 increased
about 6 percent from the first half of 2008, even as the world economy
entered a severe economic downturn.
U.S. turkey meat exports also reached record highs, with volume up
24 percent in 2008 to 306,787 metric tons on increased demand from
Mexico and China. Export value rose 21 percent to $481.9 million.