With an unprecedented pace of shipments in July, Brazilian chicken exports set a new record total (cuts, whole chicken, processed, salted and cured meats), surpassing an already history-making June. According to studies by the Brazilian Association of Animal Protein (ABPA), 447,200 tons of chicken meat were exported during the month of July, exceeding by 52,000 tons the balance of 395,000 tons in the sixth month of this year, reflecting a 13 percent growth. Compared to July 2014, the balance achieved this year was 17.3 percent higher.

Income in reals generated another historical record: July shipments generated R$ 2.488 billion, a performance 42.4 percent higher than in the same month of 2014. In foreign exchange earnings, the balance was US$ 772.1 million, a 1.7 percent performance lower than in the same period last year. “For the first time we surpassed the 400,000 ton mark shipped in a single month, at the same time that we returned to record a foreign exchange income of over US$ 700 million.

There was growth in virtually all major markets in both the comparative and the same period last year, as in the previous month. This points to a positive trend for the second half,” said the Poultry Vice President of ABPA, Ricardo Santin. To consolidate the recovery of rate of exports in 2015, the total volume shipped by the chicken meat exporters reached 2.43 million MT; 4.53 percent higher than in the first seven months of 2014. The performance is also positive in real revenues, with a 22.1 percent increase reaching a total of R$ 12.71 billion. In dollar terms, there was an 8 percent drop, with US$ 4.199 billion.

"We move forward to surpass the balance achieved in 2014, which until now was the best annual performance of exports that we've had. Amid the crisis scenario of the country, poultry exports still have a strong pace. This shows that the 'effect of the exchange rate,’ together with the maintenance of the exemptions, returns competitiveness to the sector keeping pace of growth even in the current scenario. Moreover, the animal health status continues to be our main passport,” said Francisco Turra, CEO of ABPA, reiterating that Brazil has never reported outbreaks of avian influenza within its territory — one of its main competitive advantages in the international market.