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Brazil Focuses on Chile

04 December 2009
Meat & Livestock Australia

BRAZIL - Brazil’s beef access to Chile will increase after a recent inspection by Chilean authorities, with 22 plants expected to be re-certified in February 2010.

Chile’s imports from Brazil have increased this year, after 16 Brazilian plants were re-certified in May this year (totalling 18 plants). The re-opening comes as a result of the ban Chile placed on Brazil after the foot and mouth disease outbreaks in 2005.

According to Meat and Livestock Australia statistics, total Chilean beef imports from Brazil during the calendar year to October jumped 422 per cent year-on-year to 3,764 tonnes swt, but still below the 22,442 tonnes swt imported when Brazil was Chile’s main supplier in 2005. Over the January to October period, Brazil was the third largest supplier, after Paraguay (16,717 tonnes swt) and Argentina (13,296 tonnes swt).

In addition to the increased certified plant numbers, the Brazilian Beef Exporters Association (ABIEC) has been actively promoting its products and conducting marketing activities during the year, with initiatives planned for January. In addition, ABIEC has stated that Brazilian packers could sell with margins close to 0 per cent in order to recover the Chilean market.

TheCattleSite News Desk


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