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Brazil exports less chicken to the Middle East

Staff writer |
Between January and November of this year, Brazilian chicken meat export to the Middle East came to 1.25 million tons, a figure 5.8% less than the one from the same period of last year.

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Even with the number's decrease, the Middle East still is the main destination for the shipping of Brazilian chicken, according to data from November and this year's cumulative period by the Brazilian Association of Animal Protein (ABPA).

Among these countries, Saudi Arabia kept the top spot as the country with the most chicken imported from Brazil. The Saudi's purchases between January and November totalled 592.28 thousand tons, with the drop being of 6.6% over the same period of last year.[break]

The United Arab Emirates came in as the fifth biggest importer of Brazilian chicken. This year, Brazil already shipped 233.72 thousand tons of chicken to the Gulf country, a volume increase of 3.4% compared to last year. The second biggest client was the European Union, followed by Japan and Hong Kong.

According to the ABPA's results (Brazilian Association of Animal Protein), sales to Asia, the region that came in second in chicken import from Brazil, increased 5.2% in comparison with January to November 2013 and reached 1.07 million tons. Sales to Africa, the third region that imports the most from Brazil came in at 470.24 thousand tons and dropped 2.7%.

In all, Brazil exported 3.65 million tons of chicken meat between January and November, a volume 2.4% over the cumulative of the same period of 2013.

The revenue with these sales added up to $7.27 billion, 1% less than in 2013 until November. As of last month, Brazil exported 327.4 thousand tons of chicken, a 5.8% less volume than in November 2013. The revenue came in at $657.15 million, that is, a 3.2% downturn.

In the statement released by ABPA, the association's CEO, Francisco Turra, said that the forecast for the year is a positive one.

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