Red meat trade reports

This section provides information on Canadian trade of beef, veal, pork, lamb, mutton, goat, bison, horsemeat, along with other sectoral reports and links.

Red meat trade balance

1 – Beef and veal

Trade Balance for Canadian Beef and Veal

Billions of dollars (CAD)
  2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023 (Dec.)
Exports [1]  1.327 1.937 2.232 2.272 2.410 2.748 3.216 3.257 4.452 4.677 5.022
Imports  1.394 1.471 1.600 1.373 1.347 1.336 1.231 1.522 1.421 1.648 1.844
Trade Balance  -0.067 0.466 0.632 0.899 1.063 1.412 1.986 1.735 3.031 3.029 3.178
Source: Statistics Canada; Prepared by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Animal Industry Division, Market Information Section

 

 
Trade balance for Canadian beef and veal (CAD)
  2019 2020 2021 2022 2023 - December
Exports [1]  3,216,204,203 3,257,241,940 4,451,966,243 4,676,958,254 5,022,328,112
Imports 1,230,628,618 1,521,779,609 1,421,362,777 1,648,080,590 1,844,368,252
Trade balance 1,985,575,585 1,735,462,331 3,030,603,466 3,028,877,664 3,177,959,860
Source: Statistics Canada; Prepared by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Animal Industry Division, Market Information Section
2 – Pork

Trade Balance for Canadian Pork

Billions of dollars (CAD)
  2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023 (Dec.)
Exports [1]  3.194 3.721 3.449 3.826 4.017 3.857 4.252 5.100 4.970 4.833 4.659
Imports  0.982 1.163 1.225 1.346 1.292 1.285 1.357 1.460 1.632 1.621 1.639
Trade Balance  2.212 2.557 2.224 2.480 2.726 2.572 2.895 3.639 3.337 3.211 3.020
Source: Statistics Canada; Prepared by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Animal Industry Division, Market Information Section

 

 
Trade balance for Pork (CAD)
  2019 2020 2021 2022 2023 - December
Exports [1]  4,251,817,888 5,099,574,423 4,969,804,952 4,832,596,158 4,658,833,020
Imports 1,356,843,731 1,460,109,938 1,632,328,987 1,621,308,916 1,639,143,669
Trade balance 2,894,974,157 3,639,464,485 3,337,475,965 3,211,287,242 3,019,689,351
Source: Statistics Canada; Prepared by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Animal Industry Division, Market Information Section
 

Additional trade data links:

Red meat and livestock imports

Red meat imports

Dynamic reports displaying imports of selected commodity: beef, veal, pork, lamb, mutton, goat, bison, horsemeat. Data is updated weekly, revisions are continuous.

Live animal imports

Live animal imports from the United States
This annual report displays imports of livestock (cattle, hogs, sheep/lamb) from the United States to destination provinces for the month/year.

Red meat and livestock exports

Export of cattle and hogs to the United States

Number of head in millions
  2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cattle   0.81 1.04 1.24 0.83 0.77 0.64 0.63 0.72 0.67 0.64 0.75
Hogs   5.66 4.77 4.95 5.77 5.66 4.60 5.25 5.09 5.29 6.66 6.48
Source: Statistics Canada

 

 
Annual exports of livestock to the United States (number of head)
  2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cattle for purebred breeding 2,821 3,757 3,210 3,343 3,635 7,486
Cattle for non-purebred breeding 2,401 2,802 2,003 2,666 2,113 1,807
Veal for feeding 10,112 11,494 8,868 12,727 22,254 28,006
Cattle for feeding 135,761 197,872 188,076 125,972 131,487 177,729
Fed cattle for slaughter (steers and heifers) 336,386 239,317 339,681 307,368 270,886 319,279
Non-fed cattle for slaughter (cows and bulls) 152,958 175,527 181,076 221,017 213,581 219,121
Cattle 640,439 630,769 722,914 673,093 643,956 753,428
Purebred swine - 1,854 707 125 152 180
Other than purebred swine 5,596,993 5,246,810 5,093,538 5,287,341 6,661,593 6,482,545
Hogs 5,596,993 5,248,664 5,094,245 5,287,466 6,661,745 6,482,725
Sheep 5,651 5,745 11,862 10,434 22,969 31,163
Source: Statistics Canada; Prepared by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Animal Industry Division, Market Information Section

Red meat exports

Exports by month – year-to-date cumulative (beef, veal and pork)
Reports display value and volume of total Canadian beef, veal and pork exports by month, with annual subtotals. Data is updated monthly, revisions are continuous.
Exports by country – year-to-date cumulative (beef, veal and pork)
Reports display value and volume of total Canadian beef, veal and pork exports by country with year-to-date cumulative. Data is updated monthly, revisions are continuous.
 
Canadian red meat export percentages
This annual report displays the export percentages (of total volumes produced), of Canadian beef and pork (meat only) and beef/cattle and pork/hogs (meat and live animals).

Live animal exports

Dynamic reports displaying exports of livestock (cattle, hogs, sheep/lamb, horses) to the United States through US ports of entry for the week/month/year. Data lags 2 weeks and revisions are monthly.

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