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Brazil's Russian Poultry Boost Still to Come

12 February 2015

BRAZIL – Poultry exports from Brazil fell over nine per cent in January, despite strong sales in China, South Africa and the United Arab Emirates, with insufficient time to see Russian trade rise.

Brazilian Animal Protein Association (ABPA) figures show that sales in certain markets “were crucial to reduce negative balance of meat exports” last month.

China imported 18,900 tons, 16.3 per cent more, South Africa bought 16,300 tons, 32 per cent more and UAE increased shipments to 11.3 per cent to 22,900 tons.

Meanwhile, exports to Saudi Arabia, Hong Kong and the EU all plummeted.

ABPA poultry spokesman, Ricardo Santin, said: "Authorisation of new plants to Russia only happened in August, the January result was not influenced by these qualifications."

He was bullish about Chinese prospects, drawing attention to five new plants available to export chicken to China.

He said: “Chinese demand tends to be increasing. We are working to enable eight plants in that market.”

ABPA chief executive, Francisco Turra, said Yemen, Qatar, Jordan, Iraq and Oman were examples of Middle Eastern countries which increased imports.

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