Brazilian Poultry Exports to Saudi Up

BRAZIL - According to figures released by the Brazilian Poultry Union (UBABEF), the volume of chicken shipments in the first quarter of 2013 dropped 7.5 per cent compared to the same period last year, totaling 901,200 tonnes between January and March 2013. Revenues also increased 9.2 per cent during the same period, totaling US$1.930 billion.
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The survey shows that in March 2013, chicken meat exports totaled 319,700 tons, 12.1 per cent lower compared to the same period last year, with 363 thousand tons. In terms of revenue, there was a slight decrease (0.4 per cent) compared to March 2012.

UBABEF CEO, Francisco Turra, said that the March 2012 shipment was atypical because the result was exceptionally above average, where the figures stood at 326,000 tons.

According to Mr Turra, Japan and Saudi Arabia were the most significant importers of Brazilian chicken meat during March 2012 to March 2013. The two countries kept good import volumes to ensure adequate local stock.

Among the countries with reduced imports of Brazilian chicken are Venezuela and South Africa. Sales to Venezuela declined due to political instability in the country while sales to South Africa dwindled because of anti-dumping issuses between the country and Brazil.

Exports to China also dropped due to "documental" issues, according to Ubabef. Sales to the EU were down as a result of a quota regime set up by the bloc.

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