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on August 3, 2017

Brazilian chicken exports grow 6.2 percent in July

The impact of last March's Weak Flesh Operation seems to be reversing

Brazilian chicken meat exports totaled 385,000 metric tons in July, up 6.2 percent  from the same period last year of 362,400 metric tons shipped.

According to the Brazilian Association of Animal Protein (ABPA), it is the first positive monthly balance since the errors occurred with the disclosure of Operation Weak Flesh, dating back to March.

The result of the month was also positive in foreign exchange earnings. In total, US$619.2 million were obtained, a balance 2.7 percent higher than the US$603 million registered in July 2016.

In the year-to-date (January-July) figure, the chicken sector recorded a 5.4 percent increase in foreign exchange earnings, with US$4.201 billion in 2017, compared to US$3.97 billion in the first seven months of 2016.

In volume, there was a decrease of 4.6 percent, with 2.5 million metric tons this year – in 2016, were 2.628 million metric tons.

The United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Japan, Mexico, Kuwait, Angola and other markets accounted for the good performance recorded this month.

“Our expectation is to keep the pace at these levels until the end of 2017, recovering the export sector from the negative impacts recorded during the first semester," said Francisco Turra, ABPA's chief executive.

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