Brazilian exports of chicken meat — in which all products are considered, both fresh and processed — reached a total of 316,900 metric tons (MT) in February, reported the Brazilian Association of Animal Protein (ABPA).

This figure is 2.2 percent higher than in the same period last year when 310,200 MT were shipped. In revenue, the results of the second month of 2019 are 6.3 percent higher compared to the previous year. This year, the exports' revenues were US$526 million, compared to US$494.9 million on February 2018.

In these two months (January and February), chicken meat exports reached 598,700 million MT, volume 6.6 percent lower than the 640,700 million MT shipped in the same period last year. In revenues, bi-monthly sales reached US$979,100 million, 3.6 percent lower than the US$1.015 billion generated in 2018.

China stands out

The most outstanding importer of the month is China, which in February assumed the leadership among the export destinations of Brazil. In this period, the Chinese market imported 38,800 MT, an 11 percent increase in purchases compared to the second month of 2018. In the two-month period, with 72,500 MT, the sales increase of the Chinese market reached 5 percent.

South Korea, which recently enabled 4 exporting poultry plants, also increased purchases. The increase reached 24 percent in the month, with 8,200 MT. In the two-month period, the increase is of 6 percent, with 15,600 MT of total shipments.

Below is the list of the main destinations for chicken meat exports of these two months. In this period, the second main destination for exports is Saudi Arabia.

Classification

Country

Volume (MT)

Share

1

Saudi Arabia

74,705

12.8%

2

China

72,517

12.4%

3

Japan

58,669

10.0%

4

United Arab Emirates

56,687

9.7%

5

South Africa

40,331

6.9%

6

European Union

35,582

6.1%

7

Hong Kong

25,912

4.4%

8

Yemen

18,332

3.1%

9

Kuwait

17,791

3.0%

10

Iraq

16,461

2.8%

 

"As a result of the African swine fever outbreaks, the animal health situation in Asian countries, such as China, will put pressure on the demand for several proteins in the large markets of that region. Thanks to this, the general income of Brazilian exports presented a higher growth level than the volume balance," explained Francisco Turra, president of ABPA.