As it sees its total agricultural exports going up to US$140 billion in 2018, the United States is expecting the Philippines to eat up a 2-percent share anew in its agriculture exports for next year.
A data from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) showed that for the first and second semester of 2018, US sees its agriculture exports to the Philippines to stand around US$2.5 billion, which would be slightly lower than its projection for this year.
Some of the commodities that are currently being shipped from US to the Philippines include cereal, soybean flour, poultry products, fruits, wheat, among others.
“[Globally], soybean export volumes continue to set records, raising the soybean forecast $200 million to $24.1 billion, which offsets expected declines in soybean meal and oil. Cotton exports are up $300 million on higher volumes and unit values,” USDA report revealed on Friday.
For this year, US expect the Philippines to have a share of 2 percent in its total agriculture exports, which would have a value of US$2.62 billion.
This would be higher than the US$2.47 billion and US$2.42 billion worth of agriculture exports that were shipped from US to the Philippines in 2016 and 2016, respectively.
While USDA’s estimates were a bit conservative, it still sees its fiscal year 2018 agricultural exports to improve to $140.0 billion, up $1.0 billion from the August forecast, largely due to expected increases in corn and distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS).
“Higher corn volumes and unit values and strong demand for DDGS are largely responsible for driving grain and feed exports up $1.0 billion to $29.4 billion,” the USDA report said.
For Southeast Asia, US expects the region’s share to its total agriculture export to be around 8.4 percent or US$11 billion. Aside from the Philippines, Indonesia and Vietnam also account for the biggest share in the region in terms of USDA’s export figures.
Worldwide, US exports commodities like cotton, dairy, fruits and vegetables, citrus fruit, deciduous fruit, dried fruit, stone fruit, grain and feed, corn, rice, wheat, livestock and meats, beef and cattle, pork and hogs, oilseeds, soybeans, poultry and eggs, sugar, tree nuts
“Livestock, poultry, and dairy exports are raised $200 million to $29.7 billion, largely due to higher forecasts for beef, poultry, and animal products such as lard and tallow. Horticultural products are unchanged at $34.5 billion,” USDA said.
Over the past decade, two-way trade between the United States and the Philippines has grown by more than 25 percent. In 2016, US exports to the Philippines increased 9 percent to $8.3 billion, with top export categories including electrical machinery, machinery, cereals, aircraft, and soybean flour.
The United States is the Philippines third largest trading partner after China and Japan.
(Soure – https://business.mb.com.ph/2017/12/03/us-to-export-3-b-worth-of-agricultural-goods-to-ph-in-2018/)