Brazil’s pork exports increase with 28.4% despite pandemic


Daniel Azevedo, Pig Progress 

May 22, 2020 


Brazil’s pork exports rose 28.4% in the first 4 months of 2020, despite the Covid-19 pandemic. Between January and April 2020, the sector shipped 280,800 tonnes of pork – compared to 218,700 tonnes in the same period of 2019.


Pork exporters all over Brazil earned around US$ 650.3 million in the 1st 4 months, spread out over all types of products. That number is even 53.5% higher than registered for the same period of 2019, when it was US$ 423.6 million.


ASF crisis in Asia is positive for Brazil’s pork exports


Ricardo Santin, executive director of the Brazilian Association of Animal Protein (ABPA), explained, “The ASF crisis, which started in China in 2018, continues to positively influence sales to Asia, where the greatest increases in exports were registered.”


When looking at only April 2020, Brazil exported 72,800 tonnes, which is 19% higher than the total shipped in the same period of 2019 with 61,100 tonnes. That led to 31.9% more income (US$ 165.2 million in April, against US$ 125.2 million a year before).


Overview of Brazil’s pig and poultry production


Mid-May, ABPA released the Brazilian Animal Protein Report 2020, which presents a complete overview about pig and poultry production. In addition, it also contains the association’s point of view related to sustainability, animal welfare and food security.


According to the document, the country produced 3.983 million tonnes in 2019 – a new annual record, slightly higher than the previous record of 2018 (0.2% higher of 3.974 million tonnes).


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