December 19, 2006
Brazil's chicken exports makes strong recovery
As world chicken consumption continued to pick up and bird flu fears recede, Brazilian chicken exports in November climbed to 283,817 tonnes, up 37.4 percent compared to the same month in 2005, and up 10.9 percent from the volume shipped out in October, said the Brazilian Chicken Exporters Association (Abef).
"There was already a recovery in past months, but it's continued as consumers have gotten more information about bird flu and normalised consumption," said an Abef spokesman in a phone interview with Dow Jones Newswires.
Export revenues in November rose to US$335.2 million, up 16.4 percent compared to November 2005, and up as well from the US$310.5 million registered a month ago.
Still, the overall impact of bird flu can be felt for the year. In the first 11 months of this year, the country's chicken exports have dropped 4.8 percent from the year-ago period to just under 2.48 million tonnes.
Revenues in this period have fallen to US$2.9 billion, down 7.7 percent from the first 11 months of 2005.
In November, Brazil exported 162,658 tonnes of chicken cuts, up 37 percent from the same month in 2005, and up as well from the 145,932 tonnes exported in October.
The country also exported 105,776 tonnes of whole birds, up 29.8 percent from the year-ago period, as well as 15,381 tonnes of processed chicken, up 138.9 percent from November 2005.
In the first 11 months of this year, Brazil shipped out a total of 1.5 million tonnes of chicken cuts, down 3.9 percent from the year-ago period, as well as 854,775 tonnes of whole chickens, down 10.8 percent from January to November 2005.
While chicken cuts and whole chickens were down, processed chickens were up.
Processed chicken exports for the first eleven months of the year have now hit 114,578 tonnes, up 52 percent from the same period a year ago.
So far this year, purchases from many of Brazil's major buyers have gone down, said Abef.
Exports to Europe were down 17.1 percent from the year-ago period, while exports to the Middle East were down 13.7 percent from January to November 2005.
Although shipments to Asia have shown signs of recovery, shipments for the first 11 months of this year were down 0.3 percent from the year-ago period.
South America's purchases were up 28.8 percent from the first 11 months in 2005 while that for Africa is also up 50 percent.
Abef continues to peg chicken export projections for 2006 around 2.6 million tonnes, down 7.9 percent compared to 2005. Revenues for 2006 are expected to total US$3.1 billion, down 12.7 percent from 2005.
For 2007, Abef projects chicken exports at 2.8 million tonnes, up 6.9 percent compared to this year, with revenues totalling US$3.3 billion, up 7.7 percent from 2006.