June 12, 2006
Brazil's chicken exports down 5.5 percent Jan-May 2006
Brazil's total chicken export volume fell 5.5 percent to 1.04 million tonnes in the first five months of the year because bird flu caused a general decline in chicken consumption in Brazil's principal export markets, the Brazilian Chicken Exporters Association, or Abef, said Friday (Jun 9).
May chicken exports were 196,473 tonnes, down 17.8 percent from May 2005, according to industry data.
In the chicken cutlets segment, May shipments were 124,720 tonnes, down 16.6 percent from May 2005. Revenue also fell by 24 percent on the month to US$141.8 million as international prices for Brazilian chicken fell on declining demand, Abef said.
From January to May, chicken cutlet exports were 646,972 tonnes, down 2.3 percent from the same period in 2005.
Whole chicken exports for May were 62,254 tonnes, down 25.3 percent from May 2005, with revenue down 33 percent to US$53.4 million.
From January to May, export volume for whole chicken reached 352,934 tonnes, down 15.2 percent in comparison to the same period in 2005.
Cooked chicken protein continues to be a successful hedging strategy against declines in major markets like Russia. Total chicken exports to Russia, for instance, fell 21.5 percent between January and May 2006 in comparison to the same period in 2005.
Cooked chicken exports rose 55 percent to 9,499 tonnes in May in comparison to the same period last year. Revenue rose 63.7 percent to US$22 million.
From January to May, export volume for cooked chicken proteins hit 46,208 tonnes, up 62 percent from the same period in 2005, Abef said.
Total chicken export volume fell in most of Brazil's main export markets, including the European Union, Middle East and Russia.
However, chicken export volume rose considerably for South American, Asian, and African markets, Abef reported Friday.
Brazil is the world's no.1 chicken exporter.