By Chris Clayton
DTN Ag Policy Editor
OMAHA (DTN) — The pork shortage in China caused by African swine fever continues to overcome high import tariffs for U.S. pork heading to the Chinese market.
Dan Halstrom, president and CEO of the U.S Meat Export Federation, said on a call Tuesday he was “feeling pretty upbeat about our export markets right now” as beef, pork and lamb are picking up momentum.
Overall, beef exports are expected to end 2019 largely even in exports compared to 2018, but USMEF projects 5% growth in 2020. Pork exports are up a minimum 10% compared to 2018. Pork exports in 2020 are projected to grow another 13%. Halstrom said those figures could be conservative for pork exports.
USMEF provided an update on Tuesday before kicking off its strategic planning conference in Arizona. Updated data for September meat exports will be released by USDA on Wednesday then will be summarized by USMEF on its website as well.