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04/07/2017 - 16:12hs

Poultry export revenue up, volume down

Foreign sales from Brazil amounted to USD 3.6 billion in the first half of the year, with over 2 million tons sold. Egypt was a major buyer.

São Paulo – Volume dropped while revenue increased when it came to total poultry exports from Brazil in H1 from H1 2016, including raw, processed and cold cuts, the Brazilian Animal Protein Association (ABPA) reported this Tuesday (4).

H1 saw 2.121 million tons of poultry exported from Brazil, down 6.4% from a year ago, but revenue climbed by 5.9% to USD 3.585 billion – up USD 201 million from H1 2016.

But in June, both revenue and volume went down, at 371,500 tons shipped, down 9.8% from June 2016, and revenue reaching USD 619.5 million, down 6.4%.

An ABPA press release quoted CEO Francisco Turra as saying that last month’s results hint at a rebound in sales, which are still being held back by bad publicity surrounding Operação Carne Fraca, in what he termed a poor approach. The Federal Police operation launched last March was a corruption probe centering on meat packers and Agriculture Ministry inspectors.

“In June from May, export tonnage was up 6.2%,” Turra explained. “But compared with April, the month immediately after the operation, exports increased by 15.1%,” he said.

According to the CEO, South Africa, Egypt and Mexico stood out as buyers in the past few months. He also said poultry export numbers could have been even better, if not for the fact that ports in South Brazil were hit by heavy rains and were shut down for part of last month.

*Translated by Gabriel Pomerancblum

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