Brazil Chicken Exports Down 5.5% In First 5 Months Of 06

SAO PAULO - Brazil's total chicken export volume fell 5.5% to 1.04 million metric tons in the first five months of the year because bird flu caused a general decline in chicken consumption in Brazil's principal export markets, the Brazilian Chicken Exporters Association, or ABEF, said Friday.

May chicken exports were 196,473 tons, down 17.8% from May 2005, according to industry data.

In the chicken cutlets segment, May shipments were 124,720 tons, down 16.6% from May 2005. Revenue also fell by 24% on the month to $141.8 million as international prices for Brazilian chicken fell on declining demand, Abef said.

From January to May, chicken cutlet exports were 646,972 tons, down 2.3% from the same period in 2005.

Whole chicken exports for May were 62,254 tons, down 25.3% from May 2005, with revenue down 33% to $53.4 million.

From January to May, export volume for whole chicken reached 352,934 tons, down 15.2% in comparison to the same period in 2005.

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