Next year Mexico will become the largest poultry importer in the world, surpassing Japan, according to projections from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).
The expectations are that from 2013 to 2023 Mexico will have the most rapid increase in foreign purchases of poultry products. Therefore, this country will be among the largest importers in the world, with a cumulative growth of 68.7%, ahead of China (44.7%), Saudi Arabia (27.4%), the European Union (5.4%) and Japan (5.1%).
Mexico is the sixth largest producer of poultry meat in the world, with an estimated 3 million tons in 2013, according to the Mexico's National Union of Poultry Farmers (UNA). The chicken meat is the most sold in the country and approximately 12% is imported from the United States, Chile and Brazil.
However it is expected that domestic demand for poultry products will be more dynamic than the production of these products in this country. This demand is driven by the purchase of chicken, which is because this meat is one of the cheapest protein in the Mexican market.
Regarding the Mexican poultry imports will total 785,000 tons last year to 830,000 in 2015, and then scaled up to 1 million 97,000 tons in 2023, as estimated by USDA.
The USDA projections show that nearly a quarter of the growth in global poultry imports over the next decade will be required by Mexico.
According to the USDA report, in 2023 the United States would remain world's second largest poultry exporter, with 4 million 272,000 tons being sold abroad, after Brazil, which would record 4 million 867,000 tons.