China consolidated its position in March as the second-largest importer of chicken meat from Brazil, the Brazilian Association of Animal Protein (ABPA) said, cited by the Brazilian press.
The association said chicken meat exported to China in March recorded annual growth of 42 percent to 24,800 tons and Hong Kong’s imports also rose in March to 26,200 tons.
“If we add shipments to the two destinations together, China is our second-largest export market,” said the vice president of the poultry division of ABPA, Ricardo Santin.
Saudi Arabia is the largest importer of chicken meat from Brazil, and in March Brazilian exports to that country increased 20 percent to 60,500 tons.
The performance of Saudi Arabia helped keep the Middle East as the main destination of Brazilian chicken meat exports, with a total of 120,800 tons (+4.7 percent year on year).
In the first quarter of the year, the Middle East imported 336,900 tons of chicken meat from Brazil, an increase of 1.5 percent on the same period of 2013, while exports to Asia grew 2.9 percent to 278,300 tons. (macauhub/BR/CN)