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Beef and chicken exports to Iran in 2011 down

The instability of relations between Iran and the major economic powers in the world has left Brazilian agribusiness on alert. Brazilian beef and chicken exporters have begun to be affected by the problems, as Iran is a major market. Chicken exports in 2011 fell by 10%, while beef exports fell by 30%.

The president of the Brazilian Poultry Association (Ubabef), Francisco Turra, says that the reason for the decline is unclear. "We think that this is because of a change in the rules that these Islamic countries have imposed – a restriction on imports which is lifted soon after. It has been said that they are protecting local producers, but they cannot supply one-fifth of the country's needs," said Turra.

The president of the Brazilian Association of Meat Export Industries (Abiec), Antonio Camardelli, says that the political situation is one of the reasons for the situation. "It has been caused by the mix up between commerce and the difficulties of making payments, along with the political difficulties that the Iranian government is having now," says Camardelli.

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