After halt, poultry exporters from Brazil go to Riyadh

Brazilian mission departed last Sunday (10) with the participation of ABPA executive director Ricardo Santin. The Arab Brazilian Chamber will also have meetings in the Saudi capital.

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São Paulo – Representatives of the Brazilian Animal Protein Association (ABPA, acronym in Portuguese) arrived at Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia, for a mission seeking rapprochement. The entourage includes poultry exporters from Brazil and departed last Sunday (10). Among the scheduled meetings, ABPA reported they are visiting the Brazilian embassy in Riyadh and local companies.

In January this year, the Arab country discontinued poultry exports from five Brazilian plants. These industrial units represent 30% of the product exports from Brazil to the Arab Country. Actually, 30 units used to export. After visits to Brazilian production units in October 2018, the Saudi authority evaluated 25 of them were following their requirements perfectly. The remaining five, however, didn’t meet all technical criteria.

ABPA president Franciso Turra said in a release that this week mission wants to strengthen the communication channel while bringing together Saudi players and Brazilian companies of the production sector. “We want to amplify our proximity with the Saudi market. Relations between Brazilian poultry industry and the consumer public in Saudi Arabia are standing since 1976, when the first exports were made. We have a relation marked by transparence and permanence, and these are the values we want to reaffirm,” stressed Turra. Among the businessmen integrating the mission is ABPA executive director Ricardo Santin.

Representatives from the Arab Brazilian Chamber of Commerce will be at the Arab country in the next few days and participate in some of ABPA activities. They will have meetings at the Brazilian embassy in Riyadh, the Council of Saudi Chambers and also at the Jeddah Chamber. In addition to these, the Arab Brazilian Chamber is trying to meet with the Saudi authority that deals with authorizations for poultry exports. The mission will include secretary-general Tamer Mansour, institutional relations manager Fernanda Baltazar, and the entity’s president Rubens Hannun.

Translated by Guilherme Miranda

Rodrigo Fonseca / AFP

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