Between January and November 2017, exports of U.S. pigskins increased +18% in volume and +50% in value compared with the same period in 2016, implying a substantial increase in average unit value. A total of 4.8 million pieces worth over US$45 million were exported over the eleven months ending November 2017.

The sudden growth can be traced back to the growth of trade with Thailand, which recorded over +350% increase in volume and over +800% in value, hence, maintaining its third place among the top destinations despite increasing its share from 7% in 2016 to 27% in 2017. The top two buyers remained Mexico, with a share of 35%, but volume down -11% year-on-year, and Taiwan, with a 28% share, but down -20% from 2016.