Crop and Export Report 2020, Week 48

EDITORIAL

The Chilean season continues to advance with a slower pace than normal and with volumes from the northern zone that is already in the final third of its season. The central zone is progressing at a moderate pace due to the slow ripening of the fruit, mainly because of the temperatures effect of, observing a delay of approximately one week. However, this situation might change if the maximum temperatures keep increasing. 

This is reflected in the shipment volumes, which in week 47 reached 2,681 tons, 10% less than the 2,995 tons registered the same week last year. The same is observed in the accumulated, which is also 9% lower than the previous season, with 6,444 tons to date. However, next week the incorporation of the central and central-south zone is expected with greater force and therefore, the shipment volumes should exceed the 4,000 tons per week from the first week of December, with the harvest of early traditional varieties already underway in much of the country. 

Regarding organic blueberries, 2,638 tons has been exported this season until week 47, 11% more than the previous year, the majority destined to the US market, although shipments to Europe have already begun.

CHILEAN BLUEBERRY EXPORTS, BY WEEK AND ACCUMULATED UP TO WEEK 48, IN TONS
Week From To Weekly Shipments Accumulated 2020/21
Export
Progress
2019/20
Season
Actual
2020/21
2019/20
Season
Actual
2020/21
Total U.S./
Canada
Europe Far
East
Other
3814-Sep20-Sep29754622709420320291.6%
3921-Sep27-Sep888636246118328928860.9%
4028-Sep4-Oct17217282288035546146091.1%
415-Oct11-Oct205220127289155968168084.2%
4212-Oct18-Oct323284198085188396596495%
4319-Oct25-Oct2923801951217021.1751.345134463.7%
4426-Oct1-Nov3316795114512211.5062.024202393.7%
452-Nov8-Nov9177505104719112.4232.774277363.2%
469-Nov15-Nov1.7091.0438302518624.1323.817381654.2%
4716-Nov22-Nov2.9952.6811.71660935057.1276.497649731.3%
Season total 7.127 6.497 4.310 746 1.425 17 -8.8%
Source: Information prepared by IQonsulting from SAG/Asoex. From information prepared by Asoes A.G. according to the inspections forms submitted by the exporters to SAG (Agricultural and Livestock Service)

North Zone (IV and V Regions)
The northern zone continues with the harvest but with volumes already down. Some orchards would begin to close the export season next week.

Central Zone (MR and VI Regions)
The central zone advances at a moderate pace due to the slow ripening of the fruit associated with the temperatures that have been rather moderate.

South Central Zone (VII, XVI and VIII Regions)
The south central zone is beginning the harvests of early varieties such as Duke in most of the producing areas.

South Zone (IX, X and XIVRegions)
The southern zone has not started yet, but the season is expected to start in two weeks.

Disclaimer: The information and analysis contained in this report is intended only as a guide to the situation of the Chilean blueberry export industry. We accept no responsibility for the consequences arising from actions taken as a result of the use of this information.