BRAZIL, São Paulo. Brazil increased its poultry and pork exports this year and is expected to report higher volumes again in 2017, Reuters reported.
Brazil is expected to close out 2016 with a record 4.39 mill. t of poultry exports versus 4.3 mill. t last year, as higher Chinese demand boosted volumes. Pork shipments should reach 720,000 t this year, compared with 555,000 t in 2015, according to the meat processors' association ABPA. Despite the increases, 2016 numbers should have been higher, the association said. It had previously projected an 8% increase in poultry shipments. This year's corn shortage was blamed for the smaller-than-expected performance.
Companies are expected to recover under a more stable corn supply and counts on China to continue to boost Brazil's exports, particularly of poultry. The Asian nation bought 451,000 t of chicken from Brazil in the year through November, 63% more than in the same period the previous year. ABPA believes that recent bird flu cases in parts of Europe could also favor Brazilian exports to some Asian markets that used to source from the region.
China, including Hong Kong, imported 235,000 t of pork from Brazil in the year through November, compared with 113,000 t in the same period in 2015. The association is projecting an increase of 3% to 5% in poultry shipments next year. Pork exports are seen rising by up to 5%.