Chicken Exports by Country

Chicken Exports by Country

Chicken meat exports

Global sales for fresh chicken shipments amounted to US$5.9 billion in 2017, while the value of frozen chicken exports by country continues to be much higher at $16.1 billion.

Overall, the value of fresh chicken exports by country increased in value by an average 11.6% since 2013 when fresh chicken meat shipments were valued at $5.3 billion. In contrast, total frozen chicken meat shipments fell by -10.8% over the same 5-year period.

Six-digit Harmonized Tariff System (HTS) code prefixes are 020711 for whole fresh or chilled chicken, 020713 for fresh or chilled chicken cuts and offal, 020712 for whole frozen chicken and 020714 for frozen chicken cuts and offal. The statistics under those four HTS code prefixes were consolidated for the following analysis.

Chicken Exports by Country: Fresh

Below are the 15 countries that exported the highest dollar value worth of fresh or chilled chicken during 2017, encompassing both cut and uncut fresh meat:

  1. Netherlands: US$1.4 billion (23.6% of fresh poultry meat exports)
  2. Poland: $896.6 million (15.3%)
  3. Belgium: $651 million (11.1%)
  4. United States: $591.7 million (10.1%)
  5. Germany: $464.4 million (7.9%)
  6. China: $205.1 million (3.5%)
  7. France: $196.3 million (3.3%)
  8. Italy: $145.3 million (2.5%)
  9. Belarus: $139.8 million (2.4%)
  10. Austria: $126.3 million (2.1%)
  11. Hungary: $107.1 million (1.8%)
  12. Spain: $105.8 million (1.8%)
  13. Saudi Arabia: $93.5 million (1.6%)
  14. United Kingdom: $93.1 million (1.6%)
  15. Romania: $83 million (1.4%)


 
The above countries produced 90% of fresh chicken exports during 2017.

The fastest-growing fresh chicken exporters since 2013 were: Saudi Arabia (up 83.2%), Poland (up 75.4%), Spain (up 50.8%), Netherlands (up 42.6%) and Austria (up 37.9%).

Declining at the fastest pace were fresh poultry exports from the United Kingdom (down -40%), United States (down -28.6%), Romania (down -25.4%), Belgium (down -16.3%) and Belarus (down -15.2%).

Chicken Exports by Country: Frozen

Fresh chicken meat export leaders United States and Netherlands also make the list of major frozen chicken exporters. However, they fall well short of Brazil in topping international sales of frozen poultry.

Here are the 15 countries that exported the highest dollar value worth of frozen chicken during 2017:

  1. Brazil: US$6.4 billion (39.8% of total frozen poultry exports exports)
  2. United States: $2.6 billion (16.1%)
  3. Netherlands: $1.1 billion (6.7%)
  4. Hong Kong: $834.7 million (5.2%)
  5. Poland: $594.9 million (3.7%)
  6. Thailand: $585.5 million (3.6%)
  7. Turkey: $509.4 million (3.2%)
  8. Ukraine: $313.4 million (1.9%)
  9. France: $312.6 million (1.9%)
  10. Argentina: $285.2 million (1.8%)
  11. Belgium: $252.3 million (1.6%)
  12. China: $241.6 million (1.5%)
  13. Chile: $233.7 million (1.4%)
  14. United Kingdom: $201.9 million (1.3%)
  15. Germany: $179.8 million (1.1%)

The 15 countries listed above shipped 90.7% of all exported frozen chicken meat for 2016.

Five of the above countries grew their frozen poultry exports since 2013: Thailand (up 180.7%), Poland (up 41%), Hong Kong (up 40.9%), Ukraine (up 35.3%) and Chile (up 13.3%).

Leading the decliners for exported frozen poultry were Argentina (down -56.1%), France (down -48.5%), Germany (down -41.6%), the United States (down -26.9%) and the Netherlands (down -17.4%).

See also Big Export Sales for Frozen Shrimps, Top Beef Exporting Countries and Pork Exports by Country

Research Sources:
Trade Map, International Trade Centre. Accessed on May 23, 2018