Brazil exported 231.4 thousand tons of beef (in natura and processed) in September, a 6% growth when compared to the same month of 2021 and a new record for the sector. Revenue from exports rose 10.5%, to USD 1.32 billion. The information was released by the Brazilian Association of Meatpackers (Abrafrigo).
The shipments to China have increased to supply meat for the Golden Week holiday and to build up inventories for the Lunar New Year celebration.
The Asian country bought 137.7 thousand tons of the product, surpassing the August record of 131.9 thousand tons. Altogether, it was responsible for 52.8% of the total beef exported by Brazil in the month.
From January to September, Brazilian beef shipments totaled 1.75 million tons, 16.7% above the first nine months of 2021. Revenue from exports grew 36% this year, to USD 10.2 billion.
China remains the main importer of the product (924.4 thousand tons until September), followed by the United States, with 128.9 thousand tons purchased in 2022 (up 56.5%), and Egypt (87.5 thousand tons, +84.4%).