Brazilian exports of chicken meat totaled 4.1 million metric tons (MT) in 2018, reported the Brazilian Association of Animal Protein (ABPA).

Thanks to the monthly average of shipments of 377,300 MT in the second semester – the best performance of the last three years –, the sector counteracted the accumulated losses of the first six months of 2018 (-13.4 percent when compared to the first semester of 2017) and ended the year with only 5.1 percent less exported when compared to the 4.32 million MT exported in 2017.

Part of this performance was due to the positive balance obtained by the sector in December. Confirming forecasts made by the ABPA, exports during the last month of 2018 reached 352,800 MT, a volume 9.9 percent higher than the 321,100 MT shipped in the same period of 2017.

Total exports in 2018 generated revenues of US$6.57 billion, 9.2 percent lower than the US$7.23 billion registered the previous year. However, good sales performance in December guaranteed an increase of 11.3 percent for the period, with a balance of US$581.4 million, against the US$522.5 million of December 2017.

"There are expectations that the good flow obtained in the second half of last year will be maintained in 2019. This is due, among other reasons, to the measures that the productive sector, led by the ABPA, will adopt through the 500K Project, which aims to reach the monthly average of 500,000 MT of exports of chicken meat and pork altogether until the end of 2020," said Francisco Turra, president of ABPA.