(Adds details on port operations)
SAO PAULO May 31 Brazil's BRF SA,
the world's largest poultry exporter, said on Wednesday that
interruptions in operations at two Brazilian ports due to bad
weather in recent days will negatively impact its exports.
Strong winds and rains in southern Brazil have closed
loadings at the top meat exporting port of Itajaí, in Santa
Catarina state, for several days.
Speaking at an investors conference in São Paulo, BRF Chief
Executive Officer Pedro Faria said May exports of meat products
could be 25,000 tonnes lower as a result of the closures.
The other port impacted by unfavorable weather is Rio
Grande, in Rio Grande do Sul state, near the border with
Itajaí port is close to several BRF facilities in Santa
Catarina and a traditional hub for refrigerated containers,
hosting a large area for truckers to discharge cargo and plug
them to a powered, storage space before loading onto ships.
Itajaí port said on Wednesday that operations have been
halted since Saturday due to bad weather and said that 11 ships
were waiting to berth.
(Reporting by Ana Mano and Lais Martins; Writing by Marcelo
Teixeira; Editing by Jonathan Oatis and Leslie Adler)