Brazilian Pork Exports See Growth in Volume Despite Revenue Decline in May

May Sees 2.7% Increase in Pork Shipments, Year-to-Date Growth Reaches 5.3%

Brazil’s pork exports, encompassing both fresh and processed products, reached a total of 104.4 thousand tons in May, as reported by the Brazilian Animal Protein Association (ABPA). This represents a 2.7% increase compared to the 101.7 thousand tons shipped in the same month last year.

However, revenue from these exports fell by 10.4%, totaling USD 225.2 million in May, down from USD 251.4 million in the same period last year.

From January to May, Brazil exported a total of 506.6 thousand tons of pork, marking a 5.3% increase from the 481.1 thousand tons exported in the same period of 2023. Despite the increase in volume, revenue for this period decreased by 7.3%, amounting to USD 1.064 billion compared to USD 1.149 billion in the first five months of last year.

“The pace of exports remains positive compared to the record achieved in 2023. Asia and nations in the Americas continue to drive the sector’s international sales, albeit with changes in the main importers. We expect results equivalent to or greater than those recorded last year, with an increased presence in other destinations,” highlighted Ricardo Santin, president of ABPA.

Shifts in Key Importers

China remains the largest importer of Brazilian pork, receiving 111.4 thousand tons between January and May, a 36.7% decrease from the same period last year. Meanwhile, the Philippines significantly increased their imports to 70.2 thousand tons, an 84.8% rise from last year. Other notable importers include Chile with 43.017 thousand tons (+25.7%), Hong Kong with 43.006 thousand tons (-16.2%), Singapore with 32.3 thousand tons (+11.2%), and Japan with 27.4 thousand tons (+92.8%).

“The flow of exports to Asia is evolving, with significant growth in sales to the Philippines, Singapore, and Japan, which offsets the decline in Chinese imports and broadens the reach of Brazilian exports. Concurrently, Russia, a long-time partner, is resuming its imports of Brazilian pork,” said Luís Rua, Market Director at ABPA.

State-Level Export Performance

Santa Catarina remains Brazil’s top pork exporter, with 280.5 thousand tons exported from January to May, a 7.3% increase from the previous year. Other leading states include Rio Grande do Sul with 106.2 thousand tons (-4.1%), Paraná with 65.3 thousand tons (-1.75%), Mato Grosso with 14.8 thousand tons (+46.3%), and Mato Grosso do Sul with 11 thousand tons (+1.4%).

Brazil’s pork export sector continues to adapt to shifting global demand, showing resilience and strategic growth in new markets while maintaining strong production and export performance.