Saudi Arabia suspended poultry exports from 11 Brazilian poultry processing plants, 7 of which are JBS plants. The Arab country is the second main destination for Brazilian chicken exports. The measure will come into effect from May. The Saudi Food and Drug Authority (SFDA), the Saudi government health authority, announced the measure in a note about Brazilian plants authorized to export to the country, but provided no further details. Since 2016, industry specialists have noted that Saudi Arabia is steadily increasing its domestic chicken production in order to reach self-sufficiency. The suspension of the Brazilian plants was announced in the same week that Saudi company Almarai, one of the largest in the country, announced a US$ 1.8 billion investment to double its chicken production. According to a joint note from the Brazilian ministries of Agriculture and Foreign Affairs, Brazil intends to take the case to WTO, should the suspension impose an undue barrier. In first quarter 2021, Brazil’s chicken exports to Saudi Arabia recorded 8.5% increase compared to last year.