Brazil’s poultry exports could be up as much as 5% in 2019

So says the Brazilian Animal Protein Association (ABPA), which is about to launch a poultry genetics brand. Sales to Saudi Arabia were up 5% through July.

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São Paulo – Poultry exports from Brazil should be up by as much as 5% in 2019, the Brazilian Animal Protein Association (ABPA) said on Wednesday (21). Sales are expected to amount to 4.3 million tons, which would be 4% to 5% more than in 2018. Output is seen going up 1% from 12.8 million tons in 2018 to 13 million tons in 2019.

The forecast comes in the wake of a sharp rebound in exports over the first seven months of 2019. Year-to-date through July saw exports climb 5.8% year-on-year to 2.34 million tons. Foreign exchange revenue was USD 4 billion, up 10.8%.

Sales to Saudi Arabia – the second biggest buyer of poultry from Brazil – were up 5% to 280,000 tons shipped. Exports to the other major Arab buyers also went up, by 20% to 216,000 for the UAE, 4% to 66,000 for Kuwait, and 14% to 61,000 tons for Yemen.

In July alone, 387,600 tons of poultry got exported from Brazil, down 16.4% from July 2018, which had seen an all-time high sales volume. The Brazilian poultry industry’s foreign exchange surplus slid 6.4% to USD 665.6 million.


Egg exports from Brazil also climbed year-to-date through July, by 2.5% to 5,890 tons shipped. Revenue was down 17.3% to USD 7.72 million.

The ABPA sees egg production climbing as much as 10% by the end of the year, to 49 billion units. Exports are seen going up 3% to 12,000 tons.

Poultry genetics

ABPA chairman Francisco Turra and Brazilian Trade and Investment Promotion Agency (Apex-Brasil) chairman Sergio Segovia reached a new agreement for promotion in poultry exports. The project will last through 2021.

August 28 will see Apex and the ABPA launch Brazilian Breeders, a Brazilian-made international poultry genetics brand, during the International Poultry and Pork Show (Siavs). The event will feature 100 speakers discussing the future of the industry, from August 26 to 29 in São Paulo.

According to the ABPA, Brazilian poultry genetics exports grossed USD 76.7 million in 2018, with fertile eggs fetching another USD 62.8 million. “Brazil has become established as an export hub for poultry genetics, one of the highest value-added subsectors in agribusiness, as a backup alternative for the major global genetics houses. This new strategy, via the Brazilian Breeders project, is poised to enhance this work,” Turra was quoted as saying in an ABPA press release.

Translated by Gabriel Pomerancblum

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