China top importer of US poultry
released data, the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) reported that broiler
volume finished the year just under 2.4 million mt last year. The total value of
US broiler exports slipped by 12% to $1.9 billion, in a world marketplace
battered by widespread consumption declines brought on by avian influenza
US broiler export volume managed to
move up only 1% in 2006, it at least concluded the year on a positive note, that
began shakily, at best, said Toby Moore, director of communications, for USA Poultry & Egg Export
However, for the month of December, China
quietly became the top export market for US chicken.
USAPEEC president, Jim Sumner, said: â€œHong Kong traditionally had
been a transshipment point for poultry products destined for China, but since Hong
Kong became a Special Administrative Region of the Mainland in 1997,
direct exports to Chinese ports have increased exponentially. We now consider
China and Hong Kong as essentially a single market.â€
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