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Pork Exports Fell 25 Per Cent in April

17 May 2013, at 9:14am

BRAZIL - Pork exports fell 25 per cent in April, compared to the same period of 2012.

Brazil shipped around 35,618 tons and there was a drop in revenue of 20.86 per cent. Brazil exported $ 99 million last month.

For the year, exports of pork totalled 156,035 tons, a decrease of nine per cent compared to January-April 2012. Revenue for the period was $417.36 million, down 5.27 per cent compared to the first quarter last year.

The average international price of pork rose 6.06 per cent in April to $2,782, compared to April 2012.

From May 2012 to April 2013, Brazil exported 565,775 tons and $1.47 billion.

The poor performance of the export volumes also reflects the closure of the Ukrainian market. Since the fall in revenue was lower as a result of the recovery of average selling prices. As traditionally occurred in previous years, the outlook for the second half are recovery, both in volume and in export revenue, says the president of the Brazilian Association of Producers and Exporters of Pork (Abipecs), Rui Vargas.

Rises and falls in April

Among the major markets, the country recorded an increase of exports in April to Argentina (1,925 tons, up 307 per cent), to Singapore (2,690 tons, an increase of 18 per cent), to Hong Kong ( 9,633 tons, up 16 per cent), when compared to the same period of 2012. Falls occurred in shipments to Ukraine, 86 per cent (1,655 tons), and Russia, 26 per cent (10,237 tons), compared to April last year.

Results for the year - January to April, still considering important and traditional markets, increased sales to Argentina, nine per cent (6,243 tons), and for Russia, 39 per cent (42,213 tons). The main decreases occurred in shipments to Singapore (8,394 tons, 10 per cent) to Hong Kong (36,333 tons, 19 per cent less), and Ukraine (25,097 tons, 32 per cent less) compared to the period from January to April of in 2012.

The main exporting states in volume in the year were Santa Catarina (54,211 tons), Rio Grande do Sul (48,761 tons), Goiás (20,933 tons), Minas Gerais (13,668 tons) and Paraná (11,184 tons).

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