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Egypt Reduces Health Requirement on Meat Exports

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Chicken meat does not need to be accompanied by slaughtering by a veterinarian authorized by the country. President of the Arab Brazilian Chamber estimates a reduction of 10% in cost of sales.

Egypt has relaxed health regulations for poultry imports. Decree issued by the government in March extinguishes the obligation to inspect batches of slaughter chicken until delivery at the port of shipment by veterinarians licensed in the Arab country. The measure is valid for all countries that make up the International Organization for Animal Health (OIE), among them Brazil.

According to information from the Arab Brazilian Chamber of Commerce , the initiative will reduce the bureaucracy and costs involved in chicken exports to Egypt, since the inspection was led by the exporting refrigerators.

“The decision, the result of intense sector work involving the Arab Brazilian Chamber, Abiec (Brazilian Association of Meat Exporters), ABPA (Brazilian Association of Animal Proteins), Fambras (Federation of Muslim Associations of Brazil) of Brazil in Egypt, brings a new perspective to trade with the country, “said the president of the Arab Brazilian Chamber, Rubens Hannun.

The executive estimates a 10% reduction in the cost of exports, taking into account an average daily allowance of $ 200 paid to Egyptian vets, plus tickets and stay for about 40 days.

Egypt is the third largest Brazilian beef market abroad, and last year it became the main destination for Brazil’s exports to the Arab world, at US $ 2.13 billion, ahead of Saudi Arabia, but this scenario is not reflected in chicken sales. Egyptians were only 23rd among Brazilian poultry meat destinations in 2018, with US $ 76.2 million marketed, less than a tenth of the total exported to Saudi Arabia.

With the reduction of sanitary requirements, Egypt is seen as a more promising market by Brazilian exporters, at a time when Saudi Arabia – traditionally the largest market in Brazil – reduces imports to encourage local production. The Saudis intend to reduce their reliance on chicken imports from 70 percent today to 40 percent by 2030.

Hannun adds that Egypt is the most populous of the Arab countries, with 97 million inhabitants, a strong trend of population growth and significant advance in the consumption of semiprocessed proteins.

“Not long ago, most Egyptians consumed local asinine protein. Today, the cattle front is very present in the supermarkets and access to our chicken has just got easier, now that a major barrier has ceased to exist, “said the president of the Arab Brazilian Chamber.