Brazil meat exports slump on trade bans, logistics issues


Ana Mano, Reuters 

January 3, 2019


SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Export sales by Brazilian meat processors lagged last year as trade bans and a domestic truckers’ strike weighed on their ability to serve major customers like Russia and the European Union, according to data released by trade group ABPA on Thursday.


Europe banned 20 Brazilian chicken plants because of food safety concerns, while Russia froze imports of the country’s pork for nearly a year after accusing Brazilian purveyors of using a banned feed additive.


Truckers protesting high diesel prices blocked major roadways in the final weeks of May, curbing domestic shipments of inputs and hampering companies’ ability to deliver goods to ports for shipment overseas.


Brazilian food companies sold 4.1 million tonnes of chicken in export markets last year, down 5.1 percent from 2017.


Pork exports fell by 7.4 percent in 2018, to 549,000 tonnes, according to the data...


... Strong sales to China were key for pork exports in 2018...