July 20, 2006

 

Brazil's chicken exports fell 8.2 percent for first half of 2006

 

 

Brazil's chicken exports fell by 8.2 percent, to 1.24 million tonnes, while the value of exports dropped 4 percent, to US$1.5 billion for the first half of 2006, according to Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA).

 

The decline was attributed to consumer fears resulting from bird flu in the Middle East and Europe.

 

Tonnage to the Middle East, which accounts for a third of Brazil's chicken exports, fell 26 percent whereas tonnage to the EU, which accounts for 13 percent of Brazil's chicken exports, fell 17 percent.

 

The declining export demand has resulted in reduced production and more product being diverted for local consumption.

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