The U.S. beef and pork exports lost ground in August compared with 2008, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Beef declined 31 percent in volume and 37 percent in value from August 2008. Pork dropped 22 percent in volume and 28 percent in value compared with the previous year.
For January through August, beef exports were 1.29 billion pounds and valued at $2.02 billion, a drop of 10 percent in volume and 14 percent in value from the same period in 2008.
Pork exports reached 2.67 billion pounds from January through August and were valued at $2.85 billion, a drop of 12 percent in volume and 11 percent in value for the same 2008 period.
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The overall fall in U.S. beef exports was attributed to a difficult global market for beef variety meat, according to the U.S. Meat Export Federation.
For January through August, exports of beef variety meat have declined 20 percent in volume and 37 percent in value compared with the same period in 2008.
While pork had a limited market access in China and Russia, it held strong in Japan and Mexico, the USMEF said.