Meat trade: Brazil reports new records
Meat trade

Brazil reports new records

Imago / Xinhua
Frozen poultry meat produced in Brazil is loaded for export to China. (Archive image)
Frozen poultry meat produced in Brazil is loaded for export to China. (Archive image)

BRAZIL, Sao Paulo. Brazil shipped more pork and poultry abroad last year. The balance for beef was worse.

The South American country broke previous volume records for both pork and poultry exports last calendar year and expects to continue doing well in the global market in 2022. According to recent figures from the Brazilian Animal Protein Association (ABPA) 9% from the previous year. Sales actually increased by almost 26% to $ 7.66 bn. This corresponds to the equivalent of € 6.77 bn.

China remains most important customer

The main customer in 2021 was again China, according to ABPA statistics, with a volume of 640,000 t. All Asian countries combined took 1.6 mill. t of Brazilian poultry meat. At the same time, Brazilians sold 1.3 mill. t of poultry meat to the Middle East and 662,300 t to the African continent. They shipped 193,200 t to the European Union, about 13% more than in 2020.

Brazil increased its pork exports by 11% year on year to about 1.1 mill. t, according to ABPA 2021 figures. Sales were about 16 percent higher at $2.64 bn. (€ 2.33 bn.). China also remained the main customer for Brazil's pork exporters, purchasing 533,700 t in the year under review. Other important business partners were Chile with 61,000 t, Vietnam with 44,900 t and Argentina with 37,800 t.

ABPA believes Brazil's pork and poultry exporters are also well positioned for 2022, which is now underway. They would benefit from the fact that several competing countries have veterinary problems such as African swine fever (ASF) and avian influenza.

Supply freeze hurts beef balance sheet

The Association of Brazilian Beef Exporters (ABIEC) has now presented figures on Brazil's beef exports in the past calendar year. In contrast to pork and poultry, the relevant sales volume in 2021 decreased by around eight percent to approximately 1.8 mill. t. In terms of sales, however, an increase of a good eight percent to $ 9.22 bn. (€ 8.13 bn.) was still recorded. Exports to China fell by 22% compared to 2020, mainly due to the suspension of deliveries for several weeks following two cases of atypical bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in Brazil. Nevertheless, the People's Republic remained the most important buyer of Brazilian beef, with about 700,000 t, followed by Hong Kong with 200,000 tons and the US with 100,000 t.

Source: fleischwirtschaft.de; AgE

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