Brazilian poultry exports to the Arab countries drops
97,950 tonnes of Brazilian poultry were shipped last month to the Arab countries, making a decline of 3.5% from January 2019, according to data presented by the Brazilian Animal Protein Association (ABPA). Among the top Arab buyers, Saudi Arabia posted a year-on-year 9% decline in purchases, to 35,150 tonnes. The United Arab Emirates, the second-largest buyer in volume, showed the largest decline, at 18% year-on-year, to 21,100 tonnes.
However, in the global market demand for both whole and processed poultry products from Brazil made a jump of 15% compared to the same month last year. Overall, Brazil exported 323,800 tonnes. Revenues also increased year-on-year, up 16.5%, to USD 529.1 million.
China, Japan and the EU were the main destinations for Brazilian poultry at the beginning of the year. China accounted for 19.8% of the total (62,700 tonnes), up 87% from a year ago. The second-largest market, Japan, purchased 31,900 tonnes, up 17% year-on-year. Exports to the EU were up by 22%, to 18,100 tonnes. "The foreign market remains under pressure, which translates into higher prices than a year ago. The mix of products shipped to more value-added markets such as Japan, China, and the European Union also benefited the monthly performance," commented the situation Francisco Turra, chairman of ABPA.