May 3, 2006


Brazil's April chicken exports down 10.7 percent on-year



Brazilian exports of chicken totalled 202,800 tonnes in April, down nearly 10.7 percent from the 227,000 tonnes sent abroad in the same month in 2005, according to preliminary data issued by the Foreign Trade Secretariat Tuesday (May 2).


Exports also fell 4.9 percent from March, when 213,300 tonnes were shipped.


Chicken export revenue totalled US$209.6 million in April, down 15.2 percent from the US$247.3 million registered a year earlier, and also 12 percent lower than the US$238.4 million registered in March.


Worldwide chicken sales, and consequently prices, have dropped in recent weeks, as countries hit by the H5N1 bird flu have decided to import less chicken.


The average price paid for Brazilian chicken in April was nearly US$1,034 per tonne, down 5 percent from the US$1,089 per tonne doled out in the same month last year, and also 7.5 percent lower than the US$1,118 per tonne paid in March.


These figures do not include processed-chicken sales.


Brazil is the world's largest chicken exporter by volume.


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