Export of Shell Eggs and Products January-October 2019.


USDA-FAS data collated by USAPEEC, reflecting export volume and values for shell eggs and egg products are shown in the table below comparing the first ten months of 2019 with the corresponding period in 2018:-


Jan.-Oct. 2018

Jan.-Oct. 2019


Shell Eggs


Volume (m. dozen)



+22.3 (+22.1%)

Value ($ million)



-14.8 (-13.5%)

Unit Value ($/dozen)



-0.31 (-28.7%)

Egg Products




Volume (metric tons)



-668 (-2.5%)

Value ($ million)



-12.9 (-13.9%)

Unit Value ($/metric ton)



-412 (-11.6%)





Shell egg exports from the U.S. during the first ten months of 2019 increased by 22.1 percent in volume but declined 13.5 percent in total value compared to Jan.-Oct. 2018. Unit value was lower by 28.7 percent or 31 cents per dozen for the ten-month comparison between 2018 and 2019. The top two importing nations represented 69.5 percent of volume and 72.0 percent of total value.

Hong Kong was the leading importer of shell eggs for Jan.-Oct. 2019, with 44.9 million dozen representing 36.4 percent of volume and 38.9 percent of the total value of U.S. shipments of shell eggs with an average unit value of $0.82 cents per dozen, above the average USDA benchmark price for nest-run during the third quarter.

Canada was the 2nd-ranked importer during Jan.-Oct. 2019 with 40.7 million dozen representing 33.0 percent of volume and 28.4 percent of total value at $26.8 million with a unit value of $0.66 per dozen. Shell eggs shipped to Canada represent the difference between domestic demand and production, limited by their national controlled marketing system

Mexico was a distant third in rank during Jan.-Oct. 2019 with 18.8 percent of volume and 19.1 percent of total value, with a unit value of $0.64 per dozen. Prospects for additional sales will depend on acceptance of washed eggs held under refrigeration for retail sale, announced in September. For the ten-month period in 2019 imports of shell eggs by Mexico increased by 323.0 percent and value by 202.0 percent compared to the corresponding period in 2018. In October Mexico imported 4.0 million dozen, up 314 percent from October 2018.

The Caribbean Region represented 4.5 percent of export volume for the first ten months of 2019. This region was down 3.4 percent in volume and 40.3 percent in total value, an obvious discrepancy, compared with 2018. The unit value of shell eggs exports to the Caribbean averaged $1.26 per dozen for Jan.-Oct. 2019 ($1.93 over entire 2018) which appears high compared with the average export realization, warranting validation of USDA data or an investigation of the price. It is most probable that a proportion of shell eggs enumerated may have been either fertile hatching eggs or enriched specialty eggs.

The Middle East Region imported 5.3 million dozen during the first ten months of 2019 valued at $4.6 million with a unit price of $0.87 per dozen. Volume and value were respectively lower by 18.3 percent and 20.6 percent compared with the corresponding period in 2018. Israel emerged as an importer at the end of 2018 attributed to depletion of domestic flocks due to SE. Southern E.U. nations have a transport advantage over the U.S in this market.


The total volume of exported egg products during the first ten months of 2019 decreased by 2.5 percent and total value was lower by 13.9 percent compared to the same period in 2018. Unit value decreased by 11.6 percent to $3,128 per ton from $3,540 obtained during Jan.-Oct. 2018. This decline reflected the relationship between World supply and demand with Ukraine and India as significant exporters.

During Jan.-Oct. 2019, 1st-ranked Japan represented 27.4 percent of the total U.S. export volume with 7,020 m. tons, a decrease of 21.9 percent compared with the first ten months of 2018. The high unit value of $3,932 per m. ton reflects the product mix including yolks.

Mexico was the second ranked importer during Jan.-Oct. 2019 receiving 4,896 metric tons comprising 19.1 percent of volume and 13.4 percent of value exported with a unit price of $2,185 per metric ton

Canada represented the 3rd rank among importers purchasing 5,050 m. tons comprising 19.7 percent of volume and 12.8 percent of value ($10.2 million) exported with a unit price of $2,019 per m. ton. During the ten-month period in 2019 Canada increased volume by 24.4 percent and value by 2.0 percent compared to the corresponding period in 2018.


Successful conclusion of negotiations to replace NAFTA led to the trilateral USMCA, announced on September 30th 2018. The agreement will have to be ratified by the legislatures of Canada and the U.S., still over a year after signing the agreement. Exports of shell eggs and egg products to our neighbors were valued at $74.7 million for 2017 and $89.7 million for 2018 and $70.9 million over the first ten months of 2019.

Prospects for long-term exports of shell eggs will be limited by the willingness of importers to accept the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) principle of regionalization in the event of exotic Newcastle disease or isolation of either H5 or H7 avian influenza, irrespective of pathogenicity. Most importing nations, with the noted exception of China, are now applying regionalization and permitting imports on a county or state-exclusion basis following H5 or H7 AI infection.

The eighteen-month ongoing series of incident cases of END involving four small commercial units and 456 backyard flocks and, comprising predominantly game fowl (fighting cocks), appears to be over. Extension of the infection to four commercial farms in Southern California in late 2018 did not impact exports since importers are complying with the OIE principle of regionalization.

Generally pasteurized egg products should not be subject to any embargo imposed following reports of AI or Newcastle disease.