Brazil’s pork exports soared to new highs in 2021


Daniel Azevedo, Pig Progress 

Jan 10, 2022  


Brazilian pork exports closed off 2021 with a total of 1.13 million tonnes, the highest result ever reached in a single year, and 11% above the volume shipped in 2020 (the previous record), with 1.02 million tonnes.


Foreign exchange revenue from sales in 2021 also achieved a new historical mark with US$ 2.64 billion, or 16.4% more than 2020 (US$ 2.27 billion). Those numbers still keep Brazil as the 4th main pig exporter, behind European Union as a block, the United States and Canada.


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Major pork destinations


Main export destination in 2021, as expected, was China where 533,700 tonnes was shipped to. That amount was 3.9% more than in 2020 – an amount that was much higher than for any other country. The Chinese market, currently, is responsible for almost half (47.2%) of all Brazilian pork shipments.


Other top destinations were:


    Chile: 61,000 tonnes (+39.2%);

    Vietnam: 44,900 tonnes (+11.4%);

    Argentina: 37,800 tonnes (+97.5%); and

    the Philippines: 33,400 tonnes (+321.5%).


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