Poultry meat continues to account for most of the total poultry and egg exports, with poultry meat exports reaching $3.913 billion last year, down one-tenth of 1% from $3.917 billion in 2009. Eggs and egg product exports were $363 million, up 4.3%, while prepared poultry and sausages exports in 2010 were $337 million, up 3.7% from 2009. The value of live poultry was $176 million, an increase of $1 million. Exports of feathers and down were flat at $5 million.
December 2010 chicken exports totaled 316,922 metric tons valued at $343.29 million compared with December 2009 exports of 291,985 tons valued at $314.23 million, an increase of 8.5% in quantity and 9.2% in value. Broiler parts led the way in December 2010 with 296,982 tons valued at $306.13 million, up 8.3% from the 274,247 tons in December 2009 and 9.6% from $279.32 million in value. Exports of whole chickens rose 26.4% in quantity and 28.8% in value, while prepared chicken and sausages declined, dropping 8.1% in tonnage and 4.3% in value.
From January through December 2010, chicken exports totaled 3,499,923 metric tons valued at $3.792 billion compared with 3,687,543 tons valued at $3.848 billion for calendar year 2009, a decrease of 5.1% in quantity and 1.5% in value. Broiler parts exports mirrored the overall chicken category with the quantity down 5.1% and the value down 1.5%. Whole chickens decreased 4.9% in quantity and 5% in value, while prepared chicken and sausages lost 4.2% in quantity but registered a 1.2%gain in value when 2010 is compared with 2009.
Russia was the top broiler parts market In December, taking 74,571 metric tons valued at $74.45 million, an increase of 63.6% in quantity and 89.4% in value over December 2009. Parts to Hong Kong, the second-largest parts market in December 2010, increased 186.9% in quantity and 190.1% in value over December 2009.