Brazil may be better known for its broiler exports than its overseas egg sales but, as Easter approaches, I thought that it might be worth taking a look at how many eggs the country sells overseas.

The latest figures from the country’s Association of Animal Protein (ABPA) reveal a monumental increase for the first two months of this year.

During January and February, the country exported 3,177 metric tons of eggs – an increase of 150.6% on the same period the year before.

It’s hard to imagine just how many eggs there are in 3,177 metric tons but consider the following.

The statue of Christ the Redeemer, which looks down over Rio de Janeiro, weighs 1,145 metric tons. If my math is correct, Brazilian egg exports during January and February were the equivalent of almost three times the weight of this national symbol, work on which started 99 years ago next month.

By value, January and February’s egg exports were 152.8% higher.

Not wanting to take the shine off of these strong figures, the country saw egg exports decline significantly last year, although output rose, with producers attracted to higher prices on the home market.

So where are all these going? The greatest demand for Brazilian eggs came from the United Arab Emirates, which purchased over 209% more than during the first two months of 2020, while in second place came Sierra Leone, followed by Japan.

ABPA believes that the resurrection in exports will continue throughout the remainder of this year. And if you think that the country exports a lot of eggs, consider the following: Despite not being among the five largest egg producers in the world, Brazil is still thought to produce approximately 1,300 eggs per second!