Egypt leads fresh beef imports ranking

october 5 2016

Egypt was the main destination for Brazilian exports of fresh beef in September. The Arab country imported almost 19,000 tons in the month and placed ahead of China, Hong Kong, Russia and Iran, according to data made available this Tuesday (4) by the Association of Brazilian Beef Exporters (Abiec).

In terms of revenues, however, China ranked first with purchases of USD 68.5 million, with Egypt coming in second with USD 63.2 million.

According to Abiec, Brazil exported overall 93,000 tons of fresh beef last month, an increase of 13% over August. Shipments generated USD 388 million, up 11% in the same comparison.

In the poultry sector, exports climbed 5.7% in September in comparison to the same month in 2015 after a decline in August and reached 387,500 tons, according to data from the Brazilian Association of Animal Protein (ABPA).

From January to September, foreign sales of poultry reached 3.379 million tons, an increase of 6% over the same period of last year. "At this pace, we forecast that poultry exports will reach 4.5 million tons [in 2016]", said ABPA's vice-president of markets, Ricardo Santin, in a statement.

Poultry shipments generated USD 643.3 million last month, up 9.1% in comparison to September 2015. According to ABPA, it was the first time in 2016 that revenues increased more than volume in exports.

However, year-to-date, revenues declined 3.64% over the same period of 2015 and stood at USD 5.241 billion.

Brazil-Arab News Agency