U.S. pork exports including variety meats rose 21% in volume to 229,792 tons in the first two months of 2006, compared with the same period in 2005.

Those exports were also 10% higher in value at $438.5 million, according to the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF)

U.S. pork exports to Japan dropped 8% in volume to 55,087 tons, and were 9% lower in value at $152.7 million, compared with 2005.

U.S. pork exports to Mexico, the number one market in tonnage, rose 29% in volume to 73,655 tons, and 17% in value to $96.0 million, says the USMEF.