2.3 Million Tons to 150 Countries. Brazil Is Still Beef Leader.

Despite the problems involving hoof and mouth disease, Brazilian beef retained first place in world beef exports in 2005. 2.3 million tons of the product were shipped to 150 countries.

Export volume was 18% more than in 2004, and earnings totaled US$ 3.149 billion, 22.4% more than in 2004. This was an all-time record for the sector, according to the results announced by the Brazilian Association of Meat Export Industries (ABIEC).

ABIEC’s executive director, Antônio Jorge Camardelli, confessed that the sector expected the results to be slightly better. "We believed our earnings would amount to around US$ 250 million more than what we obtained."

In Camardelli’s view, the performance would have been better, had it not been for a series of difficulties, not limited to the outbreaks of hoof and mouth disease. Camardelli also mentioned the impact of the dollar, which fluctuated in a manner unfavorable to exports.

The biggest sales of fresh beef went to Russia, for a total of 433 thousand tons and earnings of US$ 525 million. Egypt provided the second largest market (215.3 thousand tons and US$ 252 million), followed by Holland (US$ 191 million), the United Kingdom (US$ 181 million), and Italy (US$ 152 million).

In terms of processed meat, the biggest importer was the United States, which spent US$ 205 million, followed by the United Kingdom (US$ 130 million), Venezuela (US$ 47 million), and Italy (US$ 31 million).

Belgium was among the countries to which Brazilian sales of processed meat grew the most. Brazilian beef exports to Belgium were up 163%, to US$ 12 million.

Agência Brasil

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  • Guest

    edit: s/right/rich

  • Guest

    Think more.
    Companies are profit-maximizers, and will do whats in the best interest of the shareholders — be it in USA, Brazil, China, Kazakhstan or Haiti.

    Barring government subsidies or social programs, this will continue.

    Having said that, condemning exports as evil is myopic and ignorant. Exports help the country as a whole — right and poor — by bringing in foreign capital. Advances in industries (like beef) create jobs and help stimulate the economy, which has a slew of positive repercussions that have trickle-down effects to all income classes.

    An overly optimistic view? Yes. But, what’s the alternative? The stagnation of the [very important] beef industry in Brazil could lead to effects that will surely improverish even more people.

  • Guest

    Problem with this??
    Canada exports tons of beef, yet has homeless and hungry…US exports food and has homeless and hungry…whats the point, Great?????

  • Guest

    great !
    And just like soya, why exporting so much beef, with tens of millions brazilians either in hunger or under nourrished ?

    A humanity tragedy.

  • Guest

    Spectator
    Does any of this delicious Beef go to the poor in your country?

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