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Brazil reaches record poultry exports in 2021

Brazilian poultry exports rose 9% by volume in 2021 to a record 4.6 million tonnes, industry group ABPA said on Friday, as diversifying destinations offset a drop in shipments to top importer China.
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Revenue from poultry exports totaled $7.66 billion last year, a 25.7% jump year-on-year, ABPA added.

Asia brought in 1.64 million tonnes of Brazilian poultry in 2021, a 0.5% annual rise, even as China imports fell by 5% to 640,000 tonnes, reported Reuters. Higher sales to Japan and the Philippines helped offset the Chinese drop, ABPA said.

"Despite the slight decrease (in 2021), China remains the top destination for Brazil's poultry exports and is expected to retain this position," ABPA's head Ricardo Santin said.

Middle East countries bought 1.33 million tonnes of Brazilian poultry last year, down 0.3% from 2020, ABPA added, while exports to Africa rose 19.2% to 662,300 tonnes. Shipments to the European Union were up 13.2% at 193,200 tonnes.

For 2022, Santin said Brazil's poultry sector expects to keep increasing its market share of global exports, noting that some competitors are facing relevant health-related issues.

A highly pathogenic bird flu has been spreading quickly in Asia and Europe in recent months, putting the industry on alert after previous outbreaks led to the culling of tens of millions of birds.

Fifteen countries had reported outbreaks of bird flu in poultry between October and the end of December, mostly the H5N1 strain, according to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE).

Countries such as Japan and the United Arab Emirates are expected to remain among Brazil's top clients, ABPA added.

Thomas Reuters Foundation