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Congo market shows steady growth for U.S.

September 28, 2020

The Republic of Congo (Brazzaville) has shown steady growth in recent years and has become a key export market for U.S. poultry with an annual growth rate of 4 percent in volume and 6.5 percent in value from 2015 to 2019. 

For the first seven months of 2020, U.S. poultry exports to the market were 36,549 metric tons valued at $26 million, an increase of 35 percent in volume and 18 percent in value from the same period of last year. A majority of exports are chicken leg quarters (CLQs), with 43,923 metric tons exported in 2019 along with 2,807 metric tons of turkey meat (mainly turkey wings). 

With nearly one-half of the population living in poverty, consumers are extremely price sensitive. Imported poultry products are often the most economical option due to high feed costs, imported equipment, and vaccines for local production.

See more in the Sept. 28 edition of MondayLine.