Revenues from Brazilian pork exports rose 81.11% between January and May of this year, compared with the first five months of 2004.
In the first five months of the year, revenues totalled US$ 444 million. The volume shipped, in turn, totalled 234,000 tons, against 183,000 tons from January to May 2004.
These data were released, yesterday (8), in São Paulo, by the Brazilian Industrial Association of Pork Producers and Exporters (Abipecs).
The data for May showed that pork exports declined in volume, but earnings were up, generating US$ 101.3 million, 45.89% more than in May of last year. A total of 52,000 tons of the product were shipped, against 49,000 in May 2004
The chief markets for Brazilian pork were Russia, Hong Kong, and Argentina, which together imported 73.85% of the total sold abroad.
The market for Brazilian pork that grew the most in the first five months of 2005 was Gabon, a country located in western Africa. Earnings were up 5,708.40%.
The second biggest increase was in sales to the Ivory Coast, another African country, where revenues rose 4,949.42%.
Other rapidly expanding markets were Kazakhstan, Portugal, and Turkey, in each of which sales rose more than 1,500% in volume and over 3,000% in terms of value.
Russia is the largest market for Brazilian pork. The country imported a total of 138,060 tons in the first five months of the year representing an increase of 25% over the same period last year.
Brazilian exports to Russia totalled US$ 279.2 million, a growth of 85.8%.