Brazil's chicken exports to Egypt grew 235% in January 2011 compared to January 2010 numbers, rising from 2,429 metric tons to 8,156 metric tons.
The growth was even greater in value, from $3.761 million last year to $15.083 million this year — growth of 301%. Sales are expected to continue their upward trend, according to Brazilian Poultry Union President Francisco Turra. "The chance of growth is great as the demand for Brazilian chicken is very high," he said.
In 2010, Egypt was already a main destination for Brazilian chicken exports. Egypt increased its imports during a bird flu scare in the country and numbers have remained high since then. "Egypt is a market that shows great confidence in Brazilian exporters," said Turra. "The entire Middle East is still buying much."