Brazil chicken exports climb 5.6% in 2023

Export revenue repeats performance of 2022
calendar icon 8 December 2023
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Surveys by the Brazilian Animal Protein Association (ABPA) show that Brazilian exports of chicken meat, fresh and processed, rose 5.6% in shipments made between January and November this year. In total, 4.684 million tons were exported in 2023, compared to 4.436 million tons in the same period in 2022.

The accumulated result in exports in the first eleven months of this year reached US$8.977 billion, a number equivalent to that recorded between January and November 2022. Exports in 2022 totalled US$8.976 billion.

In November, 377.4 thousand tons of chicken meat was shipped, up 0.5% higher than that recorded in the same period of the previous year, with 375.6 thousand tons. In revenue, there was a decrease of 13.5% in the comparative period, with US$676.1 million in November 2023, against US$781.3 million in 2022.

“The positive flow registered last month and which was repeated practically throughout the year indicates confirmation of ABPA's projections for shipments that are expected to exceed 5 million tons in 2023, reinforcing Brazil's position for global food security, complementing local production,” said Ricardo Santin, president of ABPA.

China was the main destination for chicken meat exports. China imported the equivalent of 632.2 thousand tons between January and November this year, a volume 28% higher than that recorded in the same period of 2022. Other highlights in the period were Saudi Arabia, with 337 .4 thousand tons (+7.2%), South Africa, with 309.2 thousand tons (+20.9%), South Korea, with 184.4 thousand tons (+9.8%) and Mexico, with 172.5 thousand tons (+28.4%).

“Several destinations in the Middle East and North Africa have increased volumes imported from Brazil. Even Algeria, one of the countries in the region, recently opened the market to Brazilian exports, reinforcing Brazil's role as the largest exporter of halal protein in the world. In turn, China, our main buyer, has been increasing its purchases of Brazilian chicken meat by 28% throughout the year, in an environment of decreasing Chinese production this year," said Luis Rua, ABPA's director of mbarkets.

Among the main exporting states, Paraná remains the leader, with total production of 1.923 million tons between January and November this year, a volume 9.34% higher than that recorded in the same period of 2022. following and completing the ranking of the five main exporters are Santa Catarina, with 994.4 thousand tons (+6.90%), Rio Grande do Sul, with 672.3 thousand tons (-3.38%), São Paulo, with 268.9 thousand tons (+6. 43%) and Goiás, with 213.1 thousand tons (+19.90%).

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