Brazil and World
May: Brazil increases exports of chicken meat
Brazil recorded an increase of 14.4% in chicken meat exports in May. The result was boosted by the purchases made by China, the main destination of Brazilian shipments. According to the Brazilian Association of Animal Proteins, the total volume of Brazilian shipments was 381.1 thousand tons.
The revenue for these shipments increased by 27.3% compared to May 2018. US$ 658.9 million were recorded.
From January to May, sales of chicken meat represented a volume (ton) of 3.6% higher and revenue 6.3% higher compared to the same period last year.
From the total of products exported by Brazil, 14.7% went to China. The Asian country imported 54.8 thousand tons in May, 49% more than in the same period of 2018.
The United Arab Emirates is another important destination and, in May, imported 30.7 thousand tons of Brazilian chicken meat, corresponding to 8.2% from the total. This balance was 49% higher than in the fifth month of last year.
European Union also showed growth in imports. The increase in volume was of 26% compared to May last year. 26.2 thousand tons were exported, which represents 7% of the total exported by Brazil.
Main destination for Brazilian exports, China has been standing out in the world as importer, mainly because of the spread of African Swine Fever. In April, for example, there was an unprecedented volume of purchased meat, 467 thousand tons, an increase of 34% from the total imports of pork, poultry, beef and sheep meat compared to the same month of the previous year.
The tendency is that China's purchasing volume will continue to rise, because there is a reduction estimated in 20-40% (10-20 million tons) for swine production in China by 2019.
Another factor that influences the increase of imports by China is related to the healthier behaviour of the Chinese consumers, who began to demand higher quality meat. Even before the beggining of the outbreak of African Swine Fever, there was already a record expansion in imports of beef and sheep meat. In April, compared to the previous year, Chinese imports of beef and sheep increased by 75% and 43% respectively (129,000 tons and 43,000 tons).