Brazilian pork exports up by almost 40%

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Brazilian fresh/frozen pork exports were nearly 40% higher in the firt half of 2020 comparted to the same period last year, according to AHDB analyst Bethan Wilkins.

Of the 421,000 tonnes exported, the majority of the increase came from a significant 144% rise in shipments to China, which has been the largest buyer of Brazilian pork since 2018. Volumes totalled 226,000 tonnes.

“The large increase reflects strong demand for imports from China, which continues to face a restricted domestic supply due to African Swine Fever,” Ms Wilkins explained.

Whilst Chinese demand is likely to remain strong throughout the second half of the year, according to Reuters, six Brazilian meat plants have been blocked from exporting to China, reflecting concerns over COVID-19 cases among staff. Two pork plants are among those affected. Ms Wilkins added: “It is not clear how or when this situation will resolve.”

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