Crop and Export Report 2020, Week 40

EDITORIAL

In the second issue of the 2020-21 “Crop Report”, it is observed that the Chilean campaign is gradually progressing, although with more volume than the previous year. The harvests are focused on the regions of Coquimbo and Valparaíso, which together provide 95% of the volume exported so far, focused on early varieties. In turn, the O'Higgins and El Maule regions are also beginning their season timidly, with the harvest of covered orchards (tunnel), contributing together with 5% of the volume dispatched so far (week 39).

In total, 289 tons have been shipped until week 39, 58% more than the same week of 2019/20. This increase in volume has been favored by the replacement of old orchards by new varieties in the north and also due to the spring that has behaved benignly, with greater heat accumulation in the northern regions of the country. However, early today (Friday) frosts of varying intensity were reported in some locations between Maule and BioBio Region. This will be kept under monitoring and will be reported in future editions.

The shipments are mostly air freight (75% of the total) and the main destination markets are North America with 48% of total shipments through week 39 and the Far East with 49%.

Organic blueberries represent 36% of the volumes exported to date, with 103 tons dispatched at week 39, all destined for the North American market.

CHILEAN BLUEBERRY EXPORTS, BY WEEK AND ACCUMULATED UP TO WEEK 40, 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
3020-Jul26-Jul010010010%
3127-Jul2-Aug020020030%
323-Aug9-Aug030030060%
3310-Aug16-Aug0900900150%
3417-Aug23-Aug418130504330%
3524-Aug30-Aug221701316530%
3631-Aug6-Sep22206015028740.1%
377-Sep13-Sep3854320220651280.1%
3814-Sep20-Sep2975462270942030.2%
3921-Sep27-Sep88863624611832890.3%
Season total 183 289 139 4 142 2
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
harvest started a couple of weeks ago, although was mainly focused on
the domestic market. Now shipments abroad are increasing, although
volumes remain low. The harvest is focused in Ovalle and in some areas
of the Valparaíso Region such as San Felipe. Everything progressing
normally for the moment.

Central Zone (MR and VI Regions)
Very
few volumes are observed from this area. Harvests are just beginning in
some locations in the O'Higgins Region, in fields covered with tunnels.
Very limited volumes

Central South Zone (VII, XVI and VIII Regions)
This
morning frosts of varying intensity were reported in some locations,
with records that ranged between -0.1 ºC and -2.3ºC, with San Ignacio,
Linares and Parral being the most affected by low temperatures,
according to Minagri records. Some orchards were in flower and even
beginning the set fruit in the case of certain early varieties. The
damage has not yet been evaluated, but it will be monitored and will be
reported in future editions.


South Zone (IX, X and XIV Regions)
The season hasn't started yet
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