BRAZIL – United Kingdom has increased the import quota of Brazilian poultry meat from 79,900 tonnes to 96,500 tonnes per year, a boon to Brazil exporters who will pocket at least US$60 million more this year.

According to Ricardo Santin, the minister of the Brazilian Association of Animal Proteins (ABPA), the change was an important achievement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Agriculture of Brazil.

The agreement was announced days after the visit of the Brazilian Minister of Agriculture and Livestock of Brazil, Carlos Fávaro, to England with a focus on opening up the British market for animal proteins.

“This should generate significant, positive impacts on the general balance of poultry shipments in the country later this year, in addition to consolidating Brazil as a great supplier to the British market,” Santin noted.

ABPA explained that the EU and the UK had established an initial agreement for the distribution of tariff quotas for the sale of poultry meat, while the UK had a quota of 79.9 tonnes of chicken per year.

“However, after a long and detailed negotiation conducted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Brazil, with the support of the Ministry of Agriculture and the Brazilian Association of Animal Protein (ABPA), the volume of quotas was increased by 16,600 tonnes per year,” ABPA added.

 ABPA’s Director of Markets, Luís Rua, noted the initial division did not match the reality of the market and the entities should see positive results in exports when the quota comes into force.

According to the Brazilian Ministry of Livestock and Supply, the United Kingdom is considered a strategic market as it imports almost 50% of the food and beverages it consumes.

Brazilian companies were forecasted to process up to 14.750 million tonnes of chicken meat in 2023, while they are also poised to raise exports by up to 8.5% to an estimated 5.2 million tonnes, ABPA data showed.

Reviews from ABPA showed that revenue obtained from chicken meat exports so far in April was US$4.3 billion, representing 57.54% of the total collected throughout the month.

The report highlighted that the recorded volume shipped was 229,508,055 tons in April 59.37% of the total recorded in April last year.

In the case of tons per daily average, there was an increase of 25.4% in comparison with the same month of 2022, the report showed.

Brazil increased poultry exports by 10.6% in volume and 24.5% in revenues during the first 2 months of 2023, while its neighbors report hundreds of avian influenza outbreaks.

“The international demand for the Brazilian product continues to rise, with occasional changes being offset by increased purchases from other importing countries,” said the president of ABPA, Ricardo Santin.


For all the latest food industry news from Africa and the World, subscribe to our NEWSLETTER, follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube channel.