The main purchasers of chicks in the first semester were Paraguay (59%), Ecuador (15%) and Peru (6%). Meanwhile, imports of fertile eggs went to Senegal (27%), Paraguay (20%) and United Arab Emirates (19%). It is from Viracopos airport that most of the fertile eggs and chicks come out to more than 50 countries.
"ALL THIS TRANSPORT IS MADE BY AIRCRAFTs BECAUSE THE LOAD IS FRAGILE AND PERCEIVABLE", EXPLAINS ANDRÉ MARCONDES, HEAD OF THE UNIT OF THE INTERNATIONAL AGRICULTURAL SURVEILLANCE SYSTEM (VIGIAGRO) OF THE MINISTRY OF AGRICULTURE AT THE VIRACOPOS AIRPORT.
Fertile eggs being conferred by federal tax auditors of the International Agricultural Surveillance (Vigiagro), in Viracopos airport. Photos: Paulo Palma Beraldo/De Olho no Campo
Marcondes emphasizes that the work Vigiagro involves several phases: contact with the country that will receive the product, dispatching, collection of samples for analysis in the laboratory, analysis and verification of documents, approval by the Revenue Federal and then, the release. "We try to give dynamism, but always fulfilling all the requirements, because it is a work of a lot of responsibility".
The Vigiragro from Viracopos airport is one of the 110 units that control the flow of animal and vegetable products in Brazil. In 2016, there were almost 25 thousand applications for entry and exit of products of plant and animal origin only in Viracopos unit. Fernando Mendes, general coordinator of Vigiagro, says that the goal of the system, distributed throughout the country in airports, ports and in the borders, is to ensure that imports and exports meet health requirements to avoid diseases and possible damage to the Brazilian economy.
Jason Sinclair, spokesman for the International Air Transport Association (IATA), says that digitizing the whole chain, without the use of so many papers, and adopting fully electronic air cargo guides, are key to the development of the industry.