Brazil’s poultry exports to the Middle East dropped 3.5% in January to 97,950 tonnes compared to the same month in 2019, according to Brazil-Arab News Agency (ANBA).
The largest decline came from the United Arab Emirates that imported 18% less poultry to 21,100 tonnes, ANBA said citing figures released on Feb 6 by the Brazilian Animal Protein Association (ABPA).
Saudi Arabia bought 9% less poultry year-on-year to 35,150 tonnes.
ABPA said in a statement on Feb 6 that Brazilian chicken meat exports overall reached 323,800 tonnes in January, an increase of 14.9% compared to the same month in 2019.
The value of the exports grew by 16.5% to $529.1 million, said the industry body.
“The international market remains under pressure, which is reflected in higher prices compared to that recorded in 2019. The product mix sent to markets with higher added value such as Japan, China and the European Union also favored the monthly performance”, said ABPA president Francisco Turra.
China bought 62,700 tonnes, making up 19.8% of Brazil's chicken meat exports in January, while Japan's imports made up around 10%.
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