Russia ups U.S. poultry meat imports 160% in H1

Russia imported 130,500 tonnes of poultry meat from the United States in the first half of this year, 160 percent more than it did in January-June 2011.

The USA Poultry & Egg Export Council (USAPEEC), citing the U.S. Department of Agriculture's foreign-country agriculture service, reported that Russia was the second biggest buyer of U.S. chicken after Mexico, which imported 264,100 tonnes.

The United States exported 1.8 million tonnes of broilers (including feet) during the first half, which was 13 percent more year-on-year. The cost of the exports increased 24 percent to $2.3 billion. Both of those are record figures, USAPEEC said.

Almost 43 percent of the broilers (762,627 tonnes) were exported to Mexico, Hong Kong, Russia, China, and Angola.

The United States exported 185,500 tonnes of chicken feet in H1, 12 percent more year-on-year. The cost was up 1 percent at $247 million, another record.

Turkey meat exports were up 11 percent in H1 at 165,800 tonnes, at a cost of $316 million, up 20 percent.

The USDA projects that broiler production in 2013 will run to 16.379 million tonnes, which would be 269,000 tonnes less than forecast in July and 1.3 percent less than estimated for 2012 (16,588 million tonnes). That would in large part be due to rising feed costs, the statement says.

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