June 7, 2021

FMD-free recognition expected to bring new opportunities for Brazil's pork exports


The recognition of Brazil's Paraná and Rio Grande do Sul states by the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) as areas free of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) without vaccination should open new opportunities for pork exporters in the country, according to the Brazilian Animal Protein Association (ABPA).


Paraná and Rio Grande exporters could increase their sales by more than 10% this year, reaching up to 35% in 2022, compared to the volumes exported in 2020.


For comparison, Rio Grande do Sul has the potential to reach up to 293,000 tonnes this year, generating revenues of approximately US$715 million, US$86 million more than in 2020. In 2022, the state's sales could reach 350,000 tonnes, with an estimated foreign currency income of US$850 million.


As a reference, in 2020, total shipments from the state reached 261,000 tonnes with an income of US$629 million. In the case of Paraná, there is potential for the state to export approximately 145,000 tonnes in 2021, a more than 5% increase over 2020, with estimated revenues of approximately US$332 million. By 2022, estimates indicate that 165,000 tonnes can be exported with a foreign currency income of US$377 million.


Paraná and Rio Grande do Sul join other states, Acre and Rondônia and parts of Amazonas and Mato Grosso, as areas newly recognised as FMD-free .


To date, only Santa Catarina has held this status since 2007.


- ABPA (Brazil)