Feb. 21, 2008, Georgia —For the first time, exports
of U.S. poultry, eggs and related products surpassed the $4 billion mark.
According to the USA Poultry & Egg Export
Council, exports of U.S. broiler meat (excluding chicken paws)
in 2007 reached a record in both quantity and value. U.S. broiler
exports totaled 2.6 million metric tons, an increase of 10 percent over
the previous year, while export value increased by 48 percent to $2.74
Russia was the top market
for U.S. broiler exports in 2007, but strong demand in China for U.S.
chicken made for the record year.
China was the
second-leading market for U.S. broiler meat exports, with volume of
239,143 tons, a 24 percent increase over the prior year, and value of
$317.8 million, an 89 percent increase over last year.
The third top importing country for U.S. chicken was Mexico, totalling 1.3 million tons.
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