Brazil’s beef/beef variety meat exports totaled 112,431 metric tons (mt) in April, down 2 percent from the large volume of April 2013. This was the first year-over-year decline in Brazil’s exports in nearly two years, correlating with higher cattle prices as drought conditions led to fewer market-ready cattle and lighter carcass weights.
For January through April, Brazil’s exports were still up 13 percent year-over-year to 477,497 mt. Smaller volumes for Russia (87,817 mt, -12 percent), the EU (31,265 mt, -15 percent) and Chile (19,827 mt, -24 percent) were offset by growth to Hong Kong (108,692 mt, +16 percent), Egypt (51,819 mt, +81 percent) and Iran (43,883 mt, +297 percent).
As we first reported in the May 9 Export Newsline, Egypt and Peru are among the trading partners restricting imports of Brazilian beef due to the recently confirmed BSE case in the state of Mato Grosso. Peru has reportedly suspended all imports for 180 days, while Egypt has only halted imports of beef originating from Mato Grosso, Brazil’s largest cattle-producing state. News reports have also suggested that Iran, Libya and Algeria will suspend or restrict beef imports from Brazil, but any measures taken by those countries have not yet been confirmed.
Brazil’s pork/pork variety meat exports rebounded in April to 42,171 mt, which was 21 higher than a year ago but still down 10 percent from April 2012. Shipments were larger for top market Russia (13,043, +27 percent), as Russia is now relying almost completely on imports from Brazil and Canada. April exports were also larger to Hong Kong, Angola and Singapore.
For January through April, Brazil’s pork/pvm exports were down 1 percent from a year ago to 151,193 mt, as larger volumes to Russia (47,018 mt, +11 percent), Hong Kong (39,565 mt, +9 percent), Angola (17,052 mt, +51 percent) and Singapore (11,273 mt, +34 percent) were mostly offset by sharp declines in exports to Argentina (2,744 mt, -56 percent) and Ukraine (2,303 mt, -91 percent).
Data source: Global Trade Atlas