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GLOBAL CHICKEN MEAT EXPORTS TO INCREASE 3 PERCENT IN 2018
ing the first half, exports are thought to have been
According to the Brazilian Association of
Animal Protein Association (ABPA), exports of
broiler meat over the first 10 months of 2017 reached
3.67 million tons, a mere 0.5 percent lower than the
same period in 2016, indicating that, even before
year-end, the industry's position in export markets
pected to reach record levels, growing by 2 percent
to reach 19 million tons.
Like the U.S., European Union exports have been
hit by disease outbreaks. Nevertheless, the European
Commission forecasts that sales beyond the bloc's
borders will be higher in 2018, aided by the lifting
of various trade embargoes.
During the first half of 2017, exports remained stable, despite some
markets closing due to HPAI concerns. For 2017 as a whole, howhttp://www.PoultryTrends.
ever, exports are thought to have
fallen by 0.5 percent, also pulled
down by decreasing demand from
Saudi Arabia and South Africa.
The Commission notes that reductions in some markets were largely
was almost fully
offset by gains in others.
For 2018, exports are expected to be a little unMarkets closed
der 2.5 percent while overall poultry production is
to Brazilian product have reopened and, additionexpected to expand by 1.2 percent, slightly below
ally, the country has made ground in other areas
2017's growth of 1.3 percent.
including resolving a trade dispute with Indonesia,
The USDA notes that where Europe has pernew export agreements with European markets, and
formed particularly well is in exports of low-priced
more processing plants recognized for export by the
cuts, bone-in cuts and mechanically deboned meat
to Sub-Saharan Africa, driven by lower production
and grain costs.
Poultry Trends 2017:
Poultry meat exports from the U.S. are expected
to grow by 3 percent this year, reaching 3.2 million
The country is now free of highly pathogenic
avian influenza, and strong demand for poultry meat
is expected to come from the overseas and domestic
markets. While several foreign markets are expected
to increase imports of chicken meat from the U.S.,
demand from Mexico is expected to be particularly
Poultry production in the U.S. this year is ex-
Thailand's chicken meat production is expected
to grow by 5 percent in 2018, while exports are forecast to be 4 percent higher, building on the export
successes of 2017, and reaching 800,000 tons.
While positive, this represents a significant slowdown in the 12 percent increase estimated for 2017,
when Thailand was able to take the place of Brazil in
many markets and seeing sales reach 770,000 tons.
Demand for Thai product has been particularly strong
from Japan and neighboring countries, and Canada.
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