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Brazil’s exports to China up nearly 13% first half of 2021

China has purchased more than half of all Brazilian meat exports so far in 2021.

Julio Bravo

July 12, 2021

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Chinese soybean processers have been ramping up grain purchases from Brazil, fueled by strong demand from the swine sector. In the first 5 months of 2021, the country imported 38.23 tons, a 12.8% growth compared to last year.

Rains and poor weather delayed harvest and shipments earlier this year, but everything is returning to normal with ships arriving in China and going through the process of customs clearance. The month of June traditionally sees high rates of imports by China because it is the period post-harvest in Brazil, its biggest supplier.

As for meat, cattle and swine were responsible for high demand so far in 2021, while Brazil’s chicken exports decreased in the first half of the year. Bovine meat exports added up to USD $1.5 billion in 2021, over 5% more than the same period in 2020.

The growth for exports continues with potential increased consumption of meat amongst Chinese consumers. Note that China represented more than 50% of all Brazilian meat exports in 2021, according to Reuters.

Trade balance

The Brazilian trade balance registered a surplus of USD $27.12 billion between January and May of this year. In the first five months, USD $108.6 billion was exported, and USD $81.51 billion worth of goods were imported. The main exports are commodities (19%), iron (15%) and crude petroleum oil (10%).

The opinions of the author are not necessarily those of Farm Futures or Farm Progress. 

About the Author(s)

Julio Bravo

CEO, AgroBravo

Júlio Bravo is CEO of AgroBravo, a travel, education and events company focusing on agribusiness relationships. Located in Curitiba, Paraná, Brazil, he is also CEO of AGB Consulting and co-founder of Eniatto Advisory. He started his career at Grupo SLC and also worked in John Deere Brazil’s marketing department. Júlio is passionate about global networking and is a natural communicator, which made him a successful entrepreneur.

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