United States Egg Marketers

Providing the World with an Abundance of
Affordable, Safe Food

About United States Egg Marketers

Who We Are

US Egg Marketers is a cooperative of egg farmers established in 1981 with the goal to to promote eggs and build relationships with international food buyers.

23 Member Companies

US Egg Marketers is comprised of 23 egg production companies with 95.7 million layers which produce approximately 40% of the total shell eggs in the United States.

Worldwide Shipping Access

US Egg Marketers has production sites distributed across the United States with convenient access to both U.S. east and west coast shipping ports.

23 Members, 95.7 Million Layers

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Egg Export Regulations

The USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) facilitates the export of U.S. table eggs by certifying they meet the requirements of countries importing eggs from U.S. businesses. Before shell eggs can be exported, they must be produced under continuous AMS supervision and certified as “fit for human consumption,” meaning the eggs are washed and sanitized using approved methods and compounds. The product is also graded for quality according to the U.S. Grade Standards for Shell Eggs.

USDA Certification

Eggs must be produced under continuous AMS supervision and certified as “fit for human consumption,” according to the U.S. Grade Standards for Shell Eggs.

Controls for Avian Disease

USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) notifies AMS when avian health
incidents occur in the U.S.

Facility and Process Controls

Facilities must undergo a pre-operational sanitation inspection prior to processing. Sanitation is monitored by AMS throughout the processing day.

Layer Health Requirements

Shell eggs intended for export must be traceable to breeder flocks in the National Poultry
Improvement Plan (NPIP).

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USEM does not offer transportation for egg exports. All prices are either Ex Works (EXW) or Free Carrier (FCA) and you will need to work with a freight broker to get container rates or we can refer you to shipping and trading companies at your request.

USEM will provide all the export documentation needed for a successful transaction.

We only accept wire transfers in the full amount of the order before we will pack any eggs for export. If you would like more payment options then you will need to work with a trading company and can refer one to you if you like.

It is important to note that just like any commodity, egg prices fluctuate daily based on market conditions. It is best you Request a Quote today.

Each importing country may have different standards for shelf-life for shell eggs. The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) may allow an expiry date of up to 90 days from the production date for shell eggs being exported, but this standard must be approved by the importing country first. Some countries may only allow 45 day expiry. It is important you check with your government health and food safety officials first.

Yes! USDA requires that all shell eggs be refrigerated for storage and transportation. Shell eggs must be kept chilled, but not frozen and may not exceed temperatures of 45 degrees Fahrenheit (about 7 degrees Celsius) or go below 33 degrees Fahrenheit (about 1 degree Celsius).

Eggs are a very fragile commodity and when traveling long distances it is important to protect the eggs. That is why when shipping shell eggs internationally, we pack all export orders in sturdy export-grade boxes to protect the eggs. This type of packaging results in the buyer receiving their eggs in the best condition possible after the long travel on the high seas. Our buyers in Hong Kong and South Korea were happy with the results.

You can expect between 750-903 boxes of 360 eggs per container (270,000-325,080 eggs) depending on the size of the eggs you wish to buy. The reason for this has to do with the varying regulations in reach region regarding allowable weight on the roads and bridges as well as the proximity of the egg farm is to the port of shipment.

Eggs in the USA are commonly packed in two size boxes: A 30 dozen and a 15 dozen box. For export, it is most common to pack the eggs in 30 dozen boxes measuring 12 x 24 x 12″ (30.5 x 61 x 60.5 cm).

The minimum and maximum required weight for eggs is regulated by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Each individual egg may have an acceptable margin of variance, but each box of eggs must meet a required minimum and maximum weight as set forth by USDA.

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