Promoting a guide for international poultry trade in Latin America


The Institute of Inter-American Cooperation for Agriculture (IICA) and the Latin American Poultry Association (ALA) have jointly launched the “Guide for Identification and Systematization of Information on International Trade Regulations for the Poultry Sector.” This comprehensive guide aims to boost international commerce of poultry products within the Latin America region.

The importance of poultry exports

Latin America possesses significant potential for exporting chicken meat, which plays a crucial role in economic development and global food security. Recognizing this, the IICA and ALA have collaborated to create a resource that facilitates trade by identifying and compiling national regulations related to poultry product marketing.

Key features of the guide

  1. Regulatory information: The guide collects and organizes relevant information on trade regulations, making it accessible to producers, exporters, and other stakeholders. By understanding the rules governing poultry exports, businesses can navigate international markets more effectively.
  2. Science-based approach: The success of poultry exports hinges on adhering to science-based regulations. The guide emphasizes the importance of evidence-based decision-making to ensure safe and sustainable trade practices.
  3. Quality and sustainability: ALA President Joaquín Fernández highlights the promising future for Latin America in poultry production and marketing. The organization actively promotes quality and sustainability in regional poultry products, aiming to secure access to global markets.

Accessing the guide

The guide is available on the IICA and ALA websites. It serves as a valuable resource for poultry producers, exporters, and policymakers, supporting the growth and development of the Latin American and Caribbean poultry sector.

Virtual event: global chicken meat trade

The guide was officially presented during the virtual event titled “Global Chicken Meat Trade: Challenges in Exporting, Market Trends, and Tools for International Presence.” Experts in international trade and poultry regulations participated, discussing current challenges, market trends, and strategic tools for expanding poultry presence in international markets.

  • One challenge is to reach a consumption of 250 eggs per capita per year worldwide and in Latin America we want to exceed 300 eggs per capita per year, but this is still far away.
  • In terms of trends, it is estimated that more than 30% of eggs will be sold cooked, including flavored eggs with different flavors and presentations.
  • In addition, there will be a greater uptake of this animal protein by environmentalists, since it is the animal production that has the smallest carbon and water footprint and, in short, is the most environmentally friendly.

In summary, the IICA and ALA’s collaborative effort aims to enhance Latin America’s poultry industry by providing accessible information and promoting science-based practices. By leveraging this guide, stakeholders can navigate the complexities of international trade and contribute to the region’s economic growth.