March export re­­cords released last week showed signs of exports strengthening after the West Coast port dispute slowed shipments in the first few months of 2015.

U.S. pork and beef exports both gained momentum after starting the year slowly and with lingering residual effects of the port worker slowdown, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) showed in data released last week. The information was compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF).

Volumes of pork exports were the largest in 11 months at 191,041 metric tons, up 10 percent from February. Pork exports were valued at $495.3 million, down 18 percent year-over-year, but up 5 percent from February.

March beef exports totaled 86,774 metric tons, up 5 percent over February. U.S. beef exports were...