NOTE TO READERS
The Livestock and Poultry: World Market and Trade circular is designed to give the reader a snapshot picture of what is happening among the major players in world beef, pork, and broiler meat trade. Summary tables for meat production, imports, exports, and consumption are presented to provide a quick overview of the world situation. In addition, an explanation of significant changes in production, supply, and demand (PSD) situations is provided for major meat importing and exporting countries.
Only those countries that make up USDA’s official PSD database are reported. This means world totals do not encompass all production, consumption, and trade, but rather the sum of those countries reported in USDA’s database, which represent the most important players in the world meat PSD situation. In an attempt to capture these major players, the list of countries reported has changed periodically. Most recently, several countries have been dropped from the database for 2003 for beef and poultry. For beef, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua and Venezuela are dropped. For broilers, Colombia and Egypt are dropped; and for turkey, Hong Kong, Korea, Malaysia, and Taiwan are dropped from the 2003 database.
PSD Online Now
The entire USDA PSD database is available electronically on FAS Online. Users can use this system to generate the full set of PSD data for those countries reporting. FAS Online can be reached at http://www.fas.usda.gov/psd
In addition, please refer to the USDA/FAS Dairy, Livestock and Poultry (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. These reports are posted regularly on the homepage covering analysis on current issues and topics, new trade data, and market competition.