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Meat trade   The Brazilian Animal Protein Association:

Arabs step up poultry imports from Brazil

Brazilian poultryIn April, Saudi Arabia remained the leading importer of Brazilian poultry, the Brazilian Animal Protein Association reported.

Last month, the Gulf country bought 67,000 tons of chicken meat from Brazil, a 15% increase over a year ago. In the four months through April, Saudi Arabia imported 246,900 tons, up 9% from Jan-Apr 2015.

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Other Arab countries’ imports from Brazil also soared. Yemen purchased 6,500 tons, up 736% from April 2015. Brazil exported 12,000 tons of poultry to Egypt, up 52%, and 9,000 tons to Oman, up 83%.

China was the second leading Brazilian poultry importer in April at 51,100 tons, up 108%. Russia, the European Union and Mexico also stepped up their Brazilian chicken meat purchases.

Overall, 421,000 tons of poultry were shipped from Brazil in the month, up 25% from April 2015. â– 

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