November 14, 2006

 

Brazil's chicken exports down 1.6 percent on-year in October

 

 

Brazilian chicken exports in October hit just under 255,893 tonnes, down 1.6 percent compared to the same month in 2005, but up 22 percent from the 209,560 tonnes shipped out in September, said the Brazilian Chicken Exporters Association, or Abef, on Monday (Nov 13).

 

Export revenues, however, still dropped to US$310.5 million, down 11.8 percent from October 2005.

 

In the first 10 months of this year, the country's chicken exports slipped by 8.46 percent from the year-ago period to just under 2.2 million tonnes.

 

Revenues in this period have fallen to just under US$2.57 billion, down 10.15 percent from the first 10 months of 2005.

 

In October, Brazil exported 145,932 tonnes of chicken cuts, down 6.6 percent from the same month in 2005, but up from the 135,734 tonnes exported a month before.

 

The country also exported 96,723 tonnes of whole birds, up 2.65 percent from the year-ago period, as well as 13,236 tonnes of processed chicken, up 37.5 percent from October 2005.

 

In the first 10 months of this year, Brazil shipped out a total of 1.34 million tonnes of chicken cuts, down 7.3 percent from the year-ago period, as well as 748,998 tonnes of whole chickens, down 14.5 percent from January to October 2005.

 

However, processed chicken exports for the first 10 months of the year hit 99,196 tonnes, up 44 percent from the same period a year ago.

 

So far this year, purchases have dropped from most of Brazil's major buyers, said Abef.

 

Exports to Europe have hit 446,392 tonnes, down 19.3 percent from the year-ago period, while exports to the Middle East have hit 591,226 tonnes, down 16 percent from Janaury to October 2005.

 

Shipments to Asia have totalled 606,646 tonnes, down 3.5 percent from the year-ago period.

 

However, South America and Africa have continued to buy more chicken from Brazil, with South America purchasing 115,151 tonnes, up 28.7 percent from the first 10 months in 2005. Meanwhile, Africa has imported 226,128 tonnes of chicken, up 40.4 percent from the year-ago period.

 

Abef continues to maintain chicken export projections for 2006 at 2.63 million tonnes, down 7.6 percent compared to 2005. Revenues are expected to total US$3.2 billion, down 2.85 percent from the year-ago period.

 

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