São Paulo – Saudi Arabia’s poultry imports from Brazil were a highlight in October at 44,900 tons, up 22% year-on-year. The information was made public by the Brazilian Animal Protein Association (ABPA) this Wednesday (11).
Last month saw 319,700 tons of poultry shipped abroad from Brazil, down 9.4% year-on-year. Exports fetched USD 446.8 million, down 21.2%.
“Despite the impact stemming from Mexico and the Philippines having made no purchases in October, broadly speaking, foreign sales remain on par with 2019. The gradual resumption of shipping to Saudi Arabia and growing volumes to Europe are an indication of increased capillarity in industry sales,” a press release quoted ABPA chairman Ricardo Santin as saying.
The Philippines had an embargo on Brazilian poultry in place through September and haven’t resumed buying since that ended. The move came after China purported to have found traces of the coronavirus in a batch of frozen poultry from Brazil. Mexico has filled out its Brazilian poultry import quotas. Brazil is in talks to agree on new quotas.
The ABPA reported that year-to-date through October, poultry exports came out to 3.498 million tons, up from 3.490 million through October 2019. Revenues slid 13% to USD 5.066 billion from USD 5.820 billion through October 2019.
China remained the leading importer of poultry from Brazil at 564,000 tons, up 24% from a year ago. Other major importers in Asia include South Korea, whose imports were up 7%, and Singapore, up 32%.
Paraná remains the biggest exporting state, followed by Santa Catarina, Rio Grande do Sul, and Goiás.