Brazilian exports of chicken meat reached 4.100 million tons in 2018. Shipments of pork “in natura” reach 549 000 tonnes in the year, reports the Brazilian Animal Protein Association (ABPA).
Thanks to the average monthly shipments of 377,300 tons in the second half – the best performance of the last three years – the industry reduced losses accumulated in the first six months of 2018 (-13.4% compared to the 1st half of 2017) and ended the year with 5.1% lower result compared to 4.320 million tons exported in 2017.
Part of this performance stems from the positive balance obtained by the sector in December. Confirming forecasts made by ABPA, exports made in the last month of 2018 reached 352,800 tons, 9.9% higher than the 321,100 tons shipped in the same period 2017.
Total exports generated 2018 revenue of $ 6.571 billion, 9.2% fewer compared to US $ 7,235 in the previous year. The good sales performance in December secured a high of 11.3% for the period, amounting to US $ 581.4 million – against US $ 522.5 million in December 2017.
“There is expectation that the smooth flow obtained in the second half of last year remains in 2019. This is due, among other reasons, the actions that the productive sector, led by ABPA, adopt through the 500K Project, which aims to achieve the monthly average of 500 thousand tons in exports added to chicken and pork by the end of 2020, “said Francisco Turra, president of ABPA.
Fresh pork – As the bird sector, pork exporters recorded notable increases in the second half, but also in the last month of the year.
In December, there was an increase of 8.8% in pork shipments in nature, with a total of 47,700 tons in the last month of 2018 – in December 2017, sales reached 43,900 tons.
With this, the sector ended the year with total exports of 549,000 tons, 7.4% lower volume compared to 592,000 tonnes recorded in 2017. Losses of 19.5% accumulated in the first half of the year (compared to the first half of 2017) were reduced by the increase of 4.5% in the last six months of the year.
In revenue, pork sales in kind amounted to US $ 94.8 million, 7% fewer compared to the same period of 2017, with US $ 101.9 million. In the full year, sales generated revenue of $ 1.115 billion, 23.9% lower number compared to the prior year, with US $ 1.465 billion.
“The pace of sales to China were instrumental in the export performance of the sector in 2018. The expectation is that the flow to the Asian market will continue, boosting the sector’s sales time that Russia gradually resume imports of the product Brazilian, “says Ricardo Santin, executive director of ABPA.