Canada permitted 3 Brazilian pig slaughterhouses to export to the Canadian market on June 14th. These units are all located in Santa Catarina state, the main pork-producing region in Brazil.
According to the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply, these facilities are the first to get this allowance after Canadian authorites opened the country’s market for he Brazilian pig sector last April.
The qualifications correspond to 2 plants of Seara Alimentos, in the municipalities of Itapiranga and São Miguel do Oeste, and 1 of Aurora Cooperative, in Chapecó. The Brazilian Association of Animal Protein (ABPA) celebrated that news and evaluated the decision is very timely.
“This authorization comes at an important moment, given difficulties due to production costs and the need to increase international pork sales. It is a result of an excellent work by the Ministry of Agriculture. It is expected that new plants will be granted access as well”, analyses ABPA’s president, Ricardo Santin.
Although Canada is the third largest global exporter of pork (in 2021, the country exported 1.5 million tons), the country is also a relevant buyer on the international market. On average, the country imports 250,000 tons annually.
“With these new qualifications, we should soon ship products to this high value-added market, which demands premium products, especially belly and ribs. We are going to focus on filling unmet gaps, and complementing local production”, completes Luis Rua, ABPA’s director of markets.