Brazil: 52% increase in chicken exports
According to Abef, Brazil’s impressive performance in exports is a result of a worldwide increase in poultry meat consumption, with shipments of chicken leaving the country increasing by 52%.
Brazilian chicken exports to the Middle East from January to September this year took the biggest share, totalling 718,000 tonnes, according to the Brazilian Poultry Exporters Association (Abef).
This figure represents a 40% increase in comparison with the same period in 2006. Exports totalled US$924 million, which is 70% more than in the first nine months of 2006.
Ranking second is the European Union, which imported 402,000 tonnes, representing a 40% increase over the period ranging from January to September 2006. Shipments to the EU yielded US$900 million – a 75% increase using the same basis for comparison.
Exports to Asia totalled 590,000 tonnes, representing a 6% increase with revenues climbing 26% with the amount of US$845 million reached.
The African continent imported 175,000 tonnes of chicken, which is a 7% reduction in comparison with the first nine months of 2006. Revenues from shipments rose 20% to reach US$153 million.
From January to September, Russia purchased 142,000 tonnes – 5% less than in the same period of 2006. Nevertheless, revenues grew by 32% to reach US$207 million. To other Latin American countries, Brazil exported 129,000 tons, a 17% increase in comparison with the first nine months of 2006. Shipments totalled US$156 million, a 26% rise using the same basis of comparison.
In total, Brazil exported 2.4 million tonnes of chicken from January to September, which is 22% more than in the same period of last year, with revenues totalling US$3.4 billion, an increase of 52%.