April 18, 2013


Brazilian pork exports to Ukraine suffer decline during Mar 2013



Brazil has seen a severe drop in pork exports during March 2013, partly due to a temporary import ban, imposed by the Ukraine, on the country's pork.


According to figures from the Brazilian Association of Pork Producers and Exporters (ABIPEC), Brazil's pork exports for March fell to 39,249 tonnes in March 2013, a 17.87% on-year drop.


Revenue was down 13.5% to US$105.32 million, boosted by a 5.5% increase on the average price per tonne for Brazilian pork exports in March 2013 compared to March 2012.


Exports for the first quarter of 2012 reached 120,146 tonnes, a 2.9% fall compared to the same period last year. First quarter revenues reached US$318.27 million, an increase of 0.92% from the same period in 2012.


ABIPEC said Brazilian pork exports to Argentina increased significantly last month, with 1,398 tonnes exported - a 211% increase in March 2012. The value of Brazilian pork exports to Argentina rose 22% to US$4.41 million, up from US$1.37 million in March 2012.


Exports to Russia - the biggest market for Brazilian pork - also grew 10% on-year 2013, with value up 6%.


However, exports to Hong Kong and Singapore, the second- and fifth-biggest markets for Brazilian pork, fell 24% on-year in March 2013. Exports to Ukraine, the third biggest market, fell 33% to 8,048 tonnes compared to 1,972 tonnes in March 2012. The value of exports to Ukraine dropped 26% to US$23.51 million, compared to US$31.57 million in March last year.


ABIPEC said that the drop in exports to Ukraine reflected the temporary ban on Brazilian pork exports imposed by the country last month. It added the situation could seriously affect Brazilian pork volumes for 2013 if not resolved quickly.

Ukraine suspended Brazilian pork exports on March 2013, claiming that Brazilian exporters were not meeting the required veterinary standards. However, experts from Ukraine have suggested that the ban could have been imposed to support local pig producers, who have been struggling to compete with cheaper Brazilian imports.