Polish and German chicken meat production figures were revised slightly down for 2017 and 2018 lowering the overall European Union (EU)-28 production figures.

EU-28 chicken meat production in 2019 is now forecast to increase by 2 percent from 2018. It follows 2.5 percent growth in 2018, driven by significant production increases in Poland which is now the leading chicken meat producing country in the EU-28.

Poland exports almost 50 percent of its production. The increase was driven by increased domestic EU-28 consumption and higher than anticipated exports. However, compared to previous years the rate of growth has slowed in most EU-28 countries as higher feed prices, environmental regulations, such as in the Netherlands, lack of profitability of broiler farming compared to other poultry production, such as in Spain, and lack of investments in updating production facilities, such as in Germany, limit stronger growth in western European countries. Click to read the entire GAIN report.

Macau lifted the 15-year ban on poultry and poultry-derived products from 11 places by Administrative Regulation No. 16/2019. Macau imposed the ban on January 29, 2004 following a series of avian influenza outbreaks in the region.

In a government gazette issued on February 18, 2019, the Macau government announced that it ended its ban on poultry and poultry-derived products from Korea, Vietnam, Japan, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Indonesia, Taiwan, and three provinces from China, namely Guangxi, Hubei, and Hunan with immediate effect. Click to read this full GAIN report.

Currently, Macau does not impose bans on U.S. poultry products in the event of an AI outbreak in the United States. However, all U.S. poultry supplies to Macau are re-exported via Hong Kong and Hong Kong adopts a county-wide restriction on U.S. poultry whenever there is an AI outbreak in the United States. As such, U.S. poultry access to Macau mirrors that of Hong Kong, and de facto subject to county-based restrictions in the event of an AI outbreak in the United States.

In 2018, Hong Kong re-exported to Macau a total of USD32 million of poultry products from all over the world, with Brazil (USD13 million/40% market share) and the United States (USD10 Million/30% market share) as the largest two suppliers.


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