Brazil poultry exports up 19% in 2011
Chicken exports were up significantly, while egg and turkey exports were both down in volume. Saudi Arabia, the EU and Japan were significant importers of Brazilian chicken in 2011.
Brazil exported US$8.85 billion in poultry products in 2011, an all-time high and up 19.7% from 2010 numbers, according to the Brazilian Poultry Union. Volume shipped increased by 2.3%, to 4.118 million metric tons, and the average price of chicken increased by 17.4%, to US$2,093 per metric ton.
Chicken exports played a main role in the overall increase in poultry exports, increasing by 21.2% in revenues to US$8.253 billion over 2010 numbers. Egg exports decreased in both revenues and volume in 2011, dropping by 31% (US$28.2 million) in revenues and 40% (16,600 metric tons) in volume compared with 2010. Turkey exports reached 141,200 metric tons, a 10.5% decline in volume shipped; however, revenues increased by 4.7% and reached US$444.6 million. The average export price for turkey in 2011 was US$3,149 per metric ton, up 17% from 2010 numbers.
Exports of duck, goose and other birds reached 1,640 metric tons, 61.2% less than in 2010. Revenues dropped by 40.2% and reached US$6.99 million. Average prices, however, still rose by 54% compared with 2010 numbers, reaching US$4.274 per metric ton.
Saudi Arabia was the leading importer of Brazilian chicken, with a 16% share. Next came the European Union countries (12%), Japan (11%), Hong Kong (9%), the United Arab Emirates (5%), China, Venezuela and South Africa (5% each), Kuwait (4%) and Iraq (3%).