October 19, 2006

 

Brazil's chicken exports fall 17.8 percent on-year in September

 

 

Brazilian chicken exports in September dropped to 209,560 tonnes, down 17.8 percent compared to the same month in 2005, due to a stronger local currency and lower global demand from bird flu fears, said the Brazilian Chicken Exporters Association, or Abef, on Wednesday (Oct 18).

 

Export revenues consequently fell to US$251.5 million, down 24 percent from the year-ago period.

 

In the first nine months of this year, the country's chicken exports have now slipped 9.3 percent from the year-ago period to 1.9 million tonnes.

 

Revenues in this period have dropped to just under US$2.3 billion, down 9.9 percent from the first nine months of 2005.

 

"If we keep exporting 219,000 tonnes a month, which is what I expect, our exports will drop by 9.3 percent to 2.6 million tonnes by year-end," said Ricardo Goncalves, the Abef president, at a Sao Paulo press conference.

 

Abef continues to estimate that revenues for 2006 will fall to US$3 billion, down from the US$3.5 billion received for 2.85 million tonnes of chicken exported throughout 2005, he added.

 

In September, Brazil exported 135,734 tonnes of chicken cuts, down 14.6 percent from the same month in 2005, and 65,000 tonnes of whole birds, down 27 percent from the year-ago period.

 

In the first nine months of this year, the country has now exported a total of 1.2 million tonnes of chicken cuts, down 7.3 percent from the year-ago period, and 652,274 tonnes of whole chickens, down 16 percent from the same period in 2005.

 

However, exports of processed chicken rose in September to 9,149 tonnes, up 25 percent from the same month in 2005.

 

From January to September, Brazil has now shipped out 85,959 tonnes of processed chicken meat, up 45 percent from the year-ago period.

 

So far this year, purchases have dropped from all of Brazil's major buyers, including the Middle East, Asia and the EU, said Abef.

 

However, exports to South America and Africa have risen across the same period.

 

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