April 1, 2024


Brazil establishes agreement for pork exports to Philippines




Brazil has recently secured a significant agreement aimed at bolstering pork exports to the Philippines.


The country's Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock's announcement last week revealed the Philippines' recognition of system equivalence and the establishment of pre-listing for Brazilian animal proteins. This milestone is poised to invigorate Brazil's flow of pork exports to the Philippines.


Under the agreement, all companies qualified by Brazil's Federal Inspection System can apply for accreditation to export their products to the Philippine market. Unlike previous practices that involved individual qualifications and extensive documentary scrutiny by Philippine authorities, the focus will now shift towards validating the system rather than inspecting individual plants.


Ricardo Santin, president of  the Brazilian Animal Protein Association (ABPA), hailed the pre-listing as a significant milestone in bilateral relations. He expressed optimism about the growth potential of the partnership between Brazil and the Philippines.


The Philippines ranks as the second-largest importer of Brazilian pork, with 25.7 thousand tonnes imported in the first two months of 2024 alone. Combined with chicken meat exports, which amounted to 37.4 thousand tonnes in the same period, the two proteins generated revenues exceeding US$80 million.


Luís Rua, ABPA's markets director, highlighted the Philippines' remarkable growth as a market for Brazilian pork, positioning it as one of the fastest-growing importers.


In 2023, the Philippines emerged as a major destination for Brazilian chicken and pork exports, further emphasising the strategic importance of this market.


Since its opening in the 2000s, the Philippines has imported substantial quantities of chicken and pork from Brazil, cementing a robust trade relationship between the two nations.

- Swineweb

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