October 20, 2003

 

 

US Whole Chicken Exports for 2004 Project At 2.313 Million MT

 

The U.S. Department of Agriculture projected Friday, U.S. exports of whole chickens in 2004 would increase 3.7% to 2.313 million metric tons.

 

MAJOR EXPORTERS:

 

Brazil, the world's second largest exporter of whole chickens, is expected to expand exports 4.5% to 1.8 million metric tons in tons in 2004.

 

European Union export projections for chicken in 2004 are up 14.3% to 800,000 metric tons.

 

USDA predicts Thailand will increase exports of whole chickens by 6.0% to 530,000 metric tons.

 

MAJOR IMPORTERS:

 

Russian Federation, the world's leading importer of whole chickens, is estimated to decrease imports by -16.1% to .99 million metric tons in 2004.

 

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In 1,000 metric tons (ready to cook equivalent). 2004 data is projected, 2003 data is preliminary and 2002 data is final. Percent changes are from the previous year. (a) as of 1997, chicken feet/paws are not included in trade data. (b) For 2004, Columbia and Egypt were dropped from the database.

 

    Source: USDA Foreign Agriculture Service.

 

EXPORTS(a)

Country          2004   % chg    2003   % chg    2002   % chg

Brazil             1,800     4.5     1,723      8.4     1,590     28.1

EU                    800   14.3        700   -16.8        841     17.1

Thailand            530     6.0       500      7.5        465       9.4

Rep of China     440     4.8        420    -4.1        438    -10.4

Canada              90     5.9         85     -7.6          92     33.3

Hungary             30     0.0         30    11.1          27      -3.6

Poland               25     0.0         25      8.7          23      76.9

United Arab E     40   -11.1        45    21.6          37      85.0

Australia            20      5.3        19    11.8          17     -19.0

Argentina           45    50.0        30    66.7          18    200.0

Others (b)          59     9.3         54     3.8           52       6.1

  Ttl Foreign   3,879     6.8     3,631     0.9      3,600     16.9

  Ttl US          2,313     3.7    2,230      2.3      2,180    -13.5

  Ttl World      6,192     5.6    5,861      1.4      5,780      3.2

 

IMPORTS(a)

Country          2004   % chg    2003   % chg    2002    % chg

Russian Fed      990    -16.1   1,180     -2.3     1,208      -5.7

Japan               745       6.4     700      -5.9       744       4.8

Rep of China     400     -3.6      415     -4.6       435      -8.0

EU                    350   -16.7      420      5.8        397     -5.0

Saudi Arabia     395      1.3      390       2.6       380      -4.8

Mexico             295      5.4       280      5.7       265       9.5

Hong Kong       175      2.9       170      3.7        164    -10.4

United Arab E   140     -3.4       145      6.6        136     10.6

Rep of Korea     97       7.8        90     -4.3          94     13.3

Canada             90       5.9        85     10.4         77       5.5

Romania            85      2.4        83       7.8         77     32.8

Others (b)        332      3.4       321      4.6        307     -8.1

  Ttl World     4,094     -4.3    4,279     -0.1     4,284     -2.1

 

 

Source: USDA