January 8, 2015
Brazil's poultry exports hit record high in 2014
Brazil shipped a record 4.1 million tonnes of poultry last year, a 3% increase year-on-year, or a 9% rise in real terms for Brazil, according to the Brazilian Association of Animal Protein (ABPA).
However, in foreign exchange earnings, poultry exports totalled only US$8.08 billion, 0.2% lower year-on-year.
The Middle East maintained its position as the top destination for Brazilian exports, but shipments dropped 5.2% to 1.37 million tonnes in 2014.
Exports to Asia came in second, going up 5.7% to 1.18 million tonnes. Exports to Africa dropped by 1.7% year-on-year to 516,300 tonnes.
The European Union was the fourth largest market, experiencing a 2.2% sales retraction to 413,900 tons.
The Americas was the fifth largest destination for Brazilian exports and it posted a 22.4% jump to 344,300 tonnes.
Russia, Angola, Venezuela and the United Arab Emirates were the countries that showed the highest growth in poultry imports. The Emirates purchased 257,000 tonnes, a 4.9% increase year-on-year.
Among the product types exported, chicken in cuts had the most shipments with 2.22 million tonnes. Whole chicken reached 1.43 million tonnes.
In the ABPA release, CEO Francisco Turra said that exports this year are expected to grow by 3%. Cambodia, Pakistan, India and Indonesia are some of these markets that could become buyers of Brazilian poultry.
(1 ton = 0.907 tonnes)