Brazilian poultry exports yielded US$ 256.8 million in March, which represented an increase in 23% in relation to the same month in 2004. The volume shipped was of 231,870 tons, 24.44% more than in the same period last year, according to information disclosed yesterday by the Brazilian Poultry Exporters Association (Abef).
During the first three months of 2005, the product’s external sales yielded revenues of US$ 685.7 million, an increase in 20.34% over the first quarter of 2004. The volume shipped was of 635,430 tons, which meant an increase by 18.26% in comparison with the same period last year.
Exports to the Middle East had an increase in 10.3% in volume for the first three months of the year, summing up to 183,470 tons. The region is still the greatest Brazilian poultry importer in volume, where Saudi Arabia is the main destination.
Sales to the region added up to US$ 196.6 million, 16.65% more than in the same period last year.
The Asian countries are the next main buyers, where imports added up to 166,400 tons at US$ 197.7 million in the first quarter. Asia remains as the main buyer in terms of revenues.
With the suspension of the Russian embargo to Brazilian poultry, the country imported 45,000 tons in the quarter’s accumulated value. The European Union, the Mercosur and Africa are also amongst the destinations of the Brazilian poultry.