Pork Exports Increase Even Despite Embargoes

25 October 2012, at 1:36pm

BRAZIL - The value and volume of pork exports had elevations in the first nine months of 2012 of 1.7 and 8.9 per cent, respectively, compared to the same period last year.

Despite the embargoes imposed by Argentina and Russia, there was an increase in shipments to seven of the 10 largest buyers of the product.

Revenues reached $ 1.082 billion from January to September this year.

Among the major destinations, Ukraine purchased $ 285.5 million, an increase of 93 per cent over 2011. Singapore increased 5.2 per cent, reaching $ 60.1 million; Angola, 5.2 per cent ($ 54.1 million), Uruguay, 27.2 per cent ($ 42.5 million) and Armenia, 7.2 per cent ($ 10.4 million).

The impact was positive for the states of Santa Catarina, Brazil's largest exporter of the product with a total of $ 409.9 million in the period compared to last year (up 16 per cent) and Goiás, which sold $ 147 million (up 49 per cent).

"Despite the good results, much of the federal units, such as Rio Grande do Sul, are still unable to compensate for the barriers imposed by some countries. However, the Federal Government and industry officials have mobilised to resolve these outstanding issues," said Minister of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply, Mendes Ribeiro Filho.

In addition to the negotiations with the Argentine government, which resulted in the resumption of Brazilian exports to that market in the second half of 2012, the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply (MAPA) and associations of pork producers await the evaluation of the Russian health authorities about refrigerators in Brazil, visited between July and August this year.