NOTE TO READERS
In order to reflect a more accurate global livestock and poultry trade picture, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) made historical revisions in the trade data for most countries in its database based on available country customs statistics. Russia, Mexico, EU, and China/Hong Kong are examples where significant changes were made with respect to their meat supply and demand situation. For Russia, USDA used major country exporter data supplemented by Russian import statistics to arrive at Russia=s historical meat imports. For Mexico, historical trade is now based on Mexican import statistics. The EU is now accounted for as a single entity in the USDA production, supply, and distribution (PSD) database for livestock, poultry, and meats, and individual member states supply and demand tables have been eliminated. For beef and pork, pre-2000 EU historical imports and exports are based upon previous member state level data, and the 1997 forward poultry meat trade is based on Eurostat data. From 2000 forward for beef and pork, and 1997 forward for poultry, the PSD is based on the new consolidated EU report. Specific for poultry, China and Hong Kong imports are adjusted to a retained imports basis which treats transshipments of poultry products from Hong Kong to China as imports into China, not Hong Kong.
The Livestock and Poultry: World Markets and Trade circular format has changed from previous publications in an attempt to better meet end-user needs. Beef, pork, and poultry country-level pages are now added, with tables, graphs, and text describing the current animal/meat situation in that particular country. The Summary Tables with meat production, imports, exports, and consumption are still presented in order to provide a quick overview of the world situation. The entire USDA PSD database will be available on FAS Online in the near future for users to access and generate the full set of PSD data. In the meantime, the PSD is still available on the traditional USDA website http://www.ers.usda.gov/data/psdonline/psdHome.aspx
Please refer to the USDA/FAS Dairy, Livestock, and Poultry Division (DLP) website at: http://www.fas.usda.gov/dlp/dlp.html for additional data and analysis, such as the International Agricultural Trade Reports, Trade at a Glance, and Country Pages (under construction). These reports are posted regularly on the homepage covering analysis on current issues and topics, new trade data, and market competition. In addition, more commodity country-level pages with additional details, such as trade matrices, will be published over the course of the next few months on the DLP homepage.