Brazilian poultry exports amounted to 371,100 tonnes in July, up 9.4% from the same period last year, according to data released by the Brazilian Animal Protein Association (ABPA, in the Portuguese acronym).
Revenue also increased in the same period and reached US$ 771.8 million, up 14% July-on-July which is a record for the month of July.
ABPA chairman, Francisco Turra, attributed the growth in exports to the performance of major importers. "Important markets such as the Saudi Arabia, Japan, China and the European Union had a positive balance in shipments in comparison to July last year, along with other markets which, combined, were decisive in reaching the record revenue for the month," Turra confirmed.
Exports to Saudi Arabia grew by 2.47% July-on-July. For Japan, the surge was 40.37%, China's exports saw an increase of 36.8% and to the European Union, there was a 16.24% hike.
According to the vice president for poultry of the ABPA, Ricardo Santin, rain in the south of Brazil which hampered the shipments in June have influenced the results in the following month. "The shipments which were delayed by the rain in June have piled up and set a level of exports higher than previously expected for July. This, plus the average price recovery from the beginning of the year, enabled the sector to reach record revenue in July," he said.
Year-to-date, the sector has exported 2.274 million tonnes, up 2% from the same period in 2013. In this period, the revenue dropped by 5.9% to US$ 4.489 billion. Per regions, the Middle East remains the leading destination for poultry exports, at 799,900 tonnes, a volume 8.1% smaller than the one shipped to the region in the same period in 2013. Asia is the second largest buyer, followed by Africa, European Union and the Americas.