Exports of Brazilian chicken meat (both, fresh and processed) maintain a positive pace in 2019, according to studies done by the Brazilian Association of Animal Protein (ABPA). Between January and August, Brazil exported 2.8 million metric tons, a volume 2.3% higher than what was recorded in the same period last year, when 2.7 million metric tons were shipped.

In terms of revenue, performance is even more important: a balance of US$4.625 billion, 7.4% above the US$4.3 billion obtained in the first eight months of 2018.

Considering only the month of August, there was a 17.9% decrease in sales, with 325,400 metric tons shipped in this August, against 396,400 metric tons recorded in the eighth month of 2018. In revenue, the decrease is of 12.5%, with US$552.9 million in 2019, against the US$631.5 million in August last year.

“What determined the lower flow recorded in August were the delays in shipments due to bureaucratic issues in sales to China, the United Arab Emirates and other markets. Since all these are bureaucratic and non-commercial issues, there is the expectation of resumption of export levels next month,” said Francisco Turra, president of ABPA.

Pork

Pork sales (both, fresh and processed) have also maintained a positive pace this year. In line with the data collected by ABPA, the sector shipped 466,100 metric tons between January and August, 13.4% above of what was exported in the same period last year, with 410,800 metric tons.

The balance in foreign currency obtained in the period of US$956.3 million was 19.9% higher than the US$797.5 million made in the first eight months of last year.

In August, 51,600 metric tons were shipped (-19.7%, compared to 64,200 metric tons recorded in 2018), which generated revenues of US$108.5 million (-2.2%, against US$110.9 million made in the eighth month of 2018).

“The slowing down in pork exports recorded in the period has similar motivations to shipments of poultry products. In the case of pork, the problem is exclusively in China. The return to normal will be felt next month,” said Ricardo Santin, executive director of ABPA.