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06/09/2011 - 16:29hs

Chicken exports grow 3.2%

Foreign sales of chicken rose 3.2% in volume in the first eight months of this year. The Middle East was the main destination.

São Paulo – Brazilian exports of chicken grew 3.2% in volume in the first eight months of this year as against the same period last year and the Middle East was the main destination for products. This information was disclosed by the Brazilian Poultry Union (Ubabef). The export volume reached 2.59 million tonnes and revenues totalled US$ 5.3 billion, with expansion of 23.1%.

Individually, in August shipments totalled 354,300 tonnes, up 1.8% as against the same month last year. Shipments generated revenues of US$ 711.5 million, 15.6% more than in the same period in 2010. To the Middle East, sales reached 140,000 tonnes, growth of 27.4%. Export revenues to the region reached US$ 256.5 million, with expansion of 22.1%.

Asia was the second main destination, with imports of 90,000 tonnes, reduction of 1.6%, and revenues of US$ 182.2 million, reduction of 11.8%. The third main destination was the European Union, with 47,200 tonnes and growth of 7.6%, and revenues of US$ 147.1 million, growth of 5.9%.

"Once again, despite the deceleration of growth, it may be noticed that the main markets still have demand and that the dollar [versus Brazilian real exchange rate] is still reducing competitiveness. If the real was not so appreciated, the balance would be another, as would the export volume,” said the president at Ubabef, Francisco Turra.

*Translated by Mark Ament

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