Brazilian chicken meat exports registered a record volume in June. According to data from the Brazilian Association of Animal Protein (ABPA) — which includes whole chicken, chicken cuts, salted, processed and sausage products — 395,700 tons were shipped; a 30 percent increase than total exports in June of 2014.

With this enhanced performance, shipments generated revenues of R$2,100 billion reals, another record high and 52.3 percent higher compared to that obtained in June 2014. In dollars, the result was 9.3 percent higher, to reach a total of US$685 million.

According to ABPA CEO, Francisco Turra, the largest volume of exports by the sector so far was 381,000 tons in July 2014. "Moreover, for the first time, we break the barrier of R$2 billion reals in monthly performance. This is the result of the work we have promoted in our industry, along with government, opening new markets and expanding the capacity of shipments from other importers, such as China, along with maintaining the health status," he emphasizes.

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The historical outcomes of June reversed the negative cumulative results that shipments had registered in the first five months of 2015. According to numbers by the ABPA, exports of chicken meat totaled 1.99 million tons in the first half of 2015, a performance 2 percent higher than last year.

In actual income of reals of the first half, there was an increase of 18 percent totaling R$10.22 billion. In the balance of foreign currency, a decrease of 9.4 percent was recorded, reaching US$3.420 billion.

“Several of our major importers accounted for this performance, such as Saudi Arabia, Japan, China, the UAE, Russia and Venezuela. In general terms, there was growth in virtually all markets, which confirms ABPA forecasts and points to a positive second half," said poultry vice president of the ABPA, Ricardo Santin.