Weak Dollar and Avian Flu Harm Brazilian Chicken Exports

    Chicken exports from Brazil amounted to US$ 335.21 million in November, an increase of 16.42% compared to the same month last year. The amount of chicken meat shipped was 283,810 tons, a 37.38% increase over November 2005.

    The data were published yesterday, December 18, by the Brazilian Poultry Exporters Association (Abef).

    From January until November this year, Brazil shipped 2.47 million tons of chicken meat abroad, a 4.8% decrease in comparison with the same period last year. Exports yielded US$ 2.9 billion, 7.7% less than in the first eleven months of 2005.

    This decrease in exports is partly due to a retreat in major consuming markets in Europe and Asia early this year, after cases of avian flu occurred in countries on these two continents. Another reason was the appreciation of the real (the Brazilian currency) against the dollar.

    According to projections by Abef, 2006 should end with 2.62 million tons in exports, which will be a 7.9% decrease compared with 2005. The revenue should be US$ 3.06 billion, a 12.7% reduction against last year. For 2007, the Abef estimates point to an exports growth of 6.9% in volume and 7.7% in revenue.

    The largest market for Brazilian chicken meat regarding volume was the Middle East, which imported 669,230 tons, a 13.7% decrease compared to January until November 2005. Exports amounted to US$ 720.1 million, a 16.38% reduction in the same comparison.

    The main market in terms of revenue was Europe, with imports standing at US$ 807.39 million, a 10.65% reduction in comparison with January-November 2005. Exports amounted to 498,000 tons, which represents a 17% decrease. South American, African and Asian countries are also in the list of Brazilian chicken meat buyers.

    Anba

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