Studies by the Brazilian Association of Animal Protein (ABPA) show that Brazilian exports of chicken (these include whole chickens, cuts, salted and processed products, and sausages) registered a 7.1 percent contraction in volumes shipped during May, compared to the same period in 2014, with a total of 329,200 tons.
Despite the fall, the sector maintained a surplus in revenues in Brazilian reals of 12 percent, with a total of R$1.768 billion in the fifth month of the year. This was not the case with the dollar balance, which showed a contraction of 17.9 percent compared to the same period, reaching US$584.1 million.
“Although the change has favored the balance of sector shipments in reals, exporters are optimistic and expect greater exchange rate stability for better sales planning,” emphasizes the CEO of ABPA, Francisco Turra.
In the general balance of the year, shipments in volumes in the first five months of 2015 recorded a drop of 3.1 percent with 1.594 million tons. In Brazilian reals, the balance was positive in 11.1 percent with R$8.068 billion. In foreign exchange revenues, the result was 13.11 percent lower with US$2.741 billion.
"The slight fall in the accumulative amount from January to May did not hurt the sector's profitability. However, the expectation in performance in the second half of the year, which is traditionally higher than in the first six months of the year, should recover the accumulated losses,” says Ricardo Santin, Vice President of Poultry of the ABPA.