Swine meat sales (considering all products, including fresh and processed) abroad totaled 155,200 tons in the first quarter of 2018, reports the Brazilian Association of Animal Protein (ABPA ). According to the survey, the number was 13.4% lower than in the first three months of 2017, with 179,200 tons.
In revenue, the sales performance for the year reached US$315.3 million, 21.9% lower than US$ 403.7 million recorded between January and March of last year.
Considering only the month of March, the sector’s exports reached 58.1 thousand tons, 8.1% less than the 63,200 tons obtained in the third month of 2017. In terms of revenue, there was a decrease of 23%, to US$ 115 million in March 2018 and US$ 151 million in the previous year.
Booming, pork sales to China totaled 39 200 tons in the first quarter of this year, a result 152% higher than the 15,500 tons shipped last year. At the same time, Hong Kong was the destination for 46.4 thousand tons, 23% more than the 37,700 tons shipped in 2017.
Still in Asia, Singapore increased its purchases by 5%, to 8700 tons this year against 8200 tons last year.
In South America, Uruguay imported 8,800 tons in the first three months of this year, the balance was 31% higher than the 6,700 tons exported last year. Chile also increased its imports, with total 7100 tons, 30% more than the 5,400 tons shipped in the previous year. As for Argentina 10,300 tons was exported, 3.5% less than the 10,700 tons recorded in 2017.
In Africa, shipments to Angola reached 8200 tons in the quarter, 11% above 7300 tons exported last year.
“In virtually all markets there was an increase in exports. This helped reduce the impacts caused by the Russian embargo, which between January and March of last year imported 68,500 tons,” said Francisco Turra, chief executive of ABPA.