Studies by the Brazilian Association of Animal Protein (ABPA) show that Brazilian exports of chicken (whole, cuts, processed and salted products) maintained a positive pace in volumes in 2014. Between January and November, 3.65 million metric tons were shipped, which is 2.4 percent higher than the accumulated volume from the first eleven months of 2013. In revenue, there was a reduction of 1 percent according to the same comparison, with a total of US$7.27 billion.
Considering only November, there was a reduction of 5.8 percent in the month's shipments, compared with the same period last year, at 327,400 metric tons. In revenues, the decline was 3.2 percent, totaling US$657.15 million.
Cuts were the main products shipped between January and November 2014. According to the ABPA data, 2.028 million metric tons were exported in the period, a figure 6.4 percent higher than the total obtained in the first eleven months of last year. The second product from the list, whole chicken shipments, reached 1.30 million metric tons in the same period (down 3.1 percent). A total of 172,950 metric tons (up 5 percent) and 144,000 metric tons (down 0.3 percent) of salted and processed products were respectively exported.
By destination, the Middle East continued to be the main importer of Brazilian chicken meat, with 1.25 million metric tons between January and November this year (down 5.8 percent over the same period of 2013). Secondly, Asia accounted for 1.07 million metric tons of shipments (up 5.2 percent). Japan, ranked third, imported 470,240 metric tons (down 2.7 percent). To the European Union, the fourth largest importer, 380,370 metric tons (down 1.8 percent) were shipped. To the countries of the Americas, 314,900 metric tons (up 26 percent) were exported. Finally, European countries not part of the EU and Oceania exported respectively 153,560 metric tons (up 74.7 percent) and 2,120 metric tons (up 30.3 percent).
Saudi Arabia remains the largest importer of poultry meat from Brazil; this year the country imported 592,280 metric tons between January and November (down 6.6 percent). Coming in second, the European Union imported 380,370 metric tons (down 1.8 percent). Japan is the third largest importer, with total shipments of 378.520 metric tons. Hong Kong, ranked fourth, imported 289,320 metric tons (down 6 percent). Ranked in fifth place, exports to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) reached 233,720 tons (up 3.4 percent).
"The results do not alter the positive outlook for the year," said Francisco Turra, the CEO of ABPA.