In 2019, total Saudi chicken meat imports are forecast to reach 675,000 MT.
Domestic chicken meat production in 2019 is expected to increase slightly to 700,000 MT. The production cost of locally produced chicken meat currently ranges between $1.6 and $1.87 per Kg of average dressed weight. Saudi Arabia is a surplus table eggs producer and a significant exporter to the GCC countries (Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Oman).
Saudi Arabia’s 2018 chicken meat imports are estimated at 575,000 MT. In 2019, total Saudi chicken meat imports are forecast to reach 675,000 MT.
Estimated domestic chicken meat consumption in 2017 is reduced to approximately 1.27 million MT. The three main reasons for the decline in estimated chicken meat consumption in 2017 are reduced demand by catering companies, lower estimated production, and the departure of several thousands of expatriate families.
Saudi Arabia’s 2018 chicken meat imports are estimated at 575,000 MT, a decrease of 19 percent from 2017. The main cause of the decline in Saudi Arabia’s total chicken meat imports is the Saudi Food and Drug Authority’s (SFDA) ban on electrical stunning in poultry slaughtering.
The new requirement, which was fully enforced in June 2018, has substantially reduced the quantity of chicken meat exported to Saudi Arabia by Brazil, the dominant poultry meat supplier to Saudi Arabia. The requirement has also eliminated U.S. poultry from the Saudi market. In 2019, total Saudi chicken meat imports are forecast to reach 675,000 MT
Source: Gain Report