BANGKOK, 3 May 2015 – Thailand’s exports of fresh chilled/frozen chicken in the first quarter this year grew to 140,000 tons or a 20% increase compared to the same period in 2014. The export value was 567 million USD or a 8.3% increase.
Director-General of the Department of Internal Trade Promotion Nanthawan Sakuntanak said the important markets of Thai chicken exports included Japan, U.K., the Netherlands, Laos and Singapore. The markets with high growth rate this year included South Africa, Malaysia and Cambodia where buyers were confident in Thailand’s agricultural and livestock production, compliance with international standards, as well as skills of workers, Ms. Nanthawan said.
Thailand is expected to export around 620,000 tons of chicken this year, increasing by 5% compared to last year with the export value of 2.57 billion USD. Factors that contribute to the export growth include Japan’s importing of fresh chicken, problems related to chicken products in the neighboring countries and economic slowdowns in major markets.
Thailand will likely export chicken products to South Korea in June 2015.