Brazilian companies re-launch exports of frozen chicken to China

14 July 2009

Sao Paulo, Brazil, 14 July – Two Brazilian companies have signed contracts for the sale of frozen chicken to China, thus re-launching the export of this product, which had been brought to a halt due to sanitary conditions imposed by the Beijing authorities.

According to Francisco Turra, chief executive of the Brazilian Association of Chicken producers and Exporters (Abef), the companies involved are Perdigão, which is due to send 120 containers and Doux Frangosul, which will send 12.

“The Minister of Foreign Relations has done an efficient job in opening the Chinese market up to chicken meat from Brazil. Chinese officials visited Brazil, personally inspected the companies and approved the export of chicken by 22 of them,” said Turra.

As well as the Chinese market, Abef is focusing its attention on Portuguese-speaking African countries: Angola and Mozambique.

Between 8 and 10 July Abef took part in a mission to Mozambique, with a member of staff from Abef representing the organisation at the first meeting of the Brazil-Mozambique Working group for Technical Cooperation and Promotion of Bilateral Trade and Investment.

From now until 19 July, Abef is taking part in the Luanda International fair (Filda 2009) with a stand in the Brazilian pavilion, supported by Apex (Brazilian Agency for Promotion of Exports and Investments).

“Angola and Mozambique are two markets seeing clear growth and in 2008 we exported 47,000 tonnes of chicken to Angola and 7,300 tonnes to Mozambique. Between January and May this year, 33,000 tonnes were exported to Angola and 5,600 tonnes to Mozambique, which allows us to project that the 2008 figures will be exceeded this year,” said the chief executive of Abef, Ricardo Santin.

In 2008 Brazil exported 3.645 million tonnes of chicken to over 153 countries, totalling US$7 billion, with Abef projecting that exports will total 4.8 million tonnes. (macauhub)