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04/04/2017 - 17:09hs

Poultry export volume drops, but revenue rises

Foreign sales reached 386,400 tons in March, up 4% from the year-ago period. Industry association ABPA said a bribery scheme probe was a factor. Revenue was up 13.6% to USD 661.3 million.

São Paulo – The volume of Brazilian poultry exports slid by 4% year-on-year in March. The Brazilian Animal Protein Association (ABPA) reported this Tuesday (4) that sales of all products combined – raw, processed and sausages – amounted to 386,400 tons, down from 402,900 tons in March 2016.

ABPA executive president Francisco Turra said the result is partly due to the fact that some countries have banned Brazilian meat imports in the wake of the Brazilian Federal Police’s Operation Carne Fraca, an ongoing investigation of a kickback scheme.

“Raw chicken exports to China, for instance, dropped by 30% compared with a year ago. Hong Kong’s imports were down 12%,” a statement quoted Turra as saying.

At any rate, the 386,400 tons shipped abroad in March come as the year’s best result, since sales reached 363,600 tons in January and 330,200 tons in February. Q1 export volume was up 3.8% from Q1 2016 to 1.079 million tons.

Export revenue went up in March, by 13.6% to USD 661.3 million, and in Q1, by 22.8% to USD 1.829 billion.

“The temporary suspension of the issuance of export certificates to some markets altered our sales mix, increasing the relevance of higher value-added goods during the month, and that drove the average price per ton up,” Turra explained in the statement from ABPA.

*Translated by Gabriel Pomerancblum

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