The United Arab Emirates increased their imports of Brazilian poultry by 66% in the first half of 2022, according to the Brazilian Association of Animal Protein (ABPA). The country is one of the leading buyers of the product, second only to China.
From January to June, the UAE bought 245,034 tons, up 66.4% when compared to the same period last year. According to ABPA president, Ricardo Santin, the UAE are a major distribution hub to the Asian and Middle East regions. The entity’s Market director, Luis Rua, added that the country’s location is very strategic.
Both also expressed optimism with trade to Saudi Arabia, which comes fourth among buyers and has imported 163,135 tons in the same period.
“The country went back to buying, last month, an average volume registered before the suspension of imports from 11 Brazilian plants [in 2021] – around 40,000 tons. Ukraine was partly supplying the country, but this trade nearly ceased to exist. Due to its long-term partnership with Saudi Arabia, Brazil was invited to participate with an increased volume,” said Ruas.
“So, in the coming months, if this continues, we could see very positive numbers for Saudi Arabia as well – and without taking volume from the UAE, but rather complementing it.”
In 2021, out of the 4.6 million tons of chicken meat shipped from Brazil, almost a third (1.33 million) was destined for countries such as the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, and Yemen.
To export, all items have the Halal certification – which designates foods, products, and services that can be consumed by Muslims.