Crop and Export Report 2020, Week 49

EDITORIAL

The regions of the central and south central zone are those that contribute with the highest harvest volumes at the moment and are already in full season of early varieties, with volumes that are on the rise. Meanwhile, the southern zone is starting with the first harvests in the Araucania Region, similar to the previous season. However, shipments from Chile continue to be a week behind the initial estimate, with 4,078 tons exported during week 48 and a total of 10,534 tons, 11% less than in the 2019/20 season at the same week. As mentioned in previous editions, this is due to less day degree accumulation, however, according to the temperature forecast for the next weeks, it is expected that this differential will recover given a projected increase in maximum temperatures throughout the central zone.

Despite the delay observed and seeing the weekly behavior of volumes, it is projected that as of this week (49) the shipments from Chile will begin with the peak weeks of exports, with volumes that will exceed the 5,000 tons per week line, which would be seen reflected in the next edition of this report.

Regarding organic blueberries, the shipment volumes continue to rise with 16% more fruit compared to the previous season and 3,260 tons exported until week 48. The first exports from the Ñuble and Bio Bio regions to the U.S market are observed, with the System Approach favoring fresh organic shipments from these regions to this market.

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
3921-Sep27-Sep88863624611832890.3%
4028-Sep4-Oct1721728228803554610.4%
415-Oct11-Oct20522012728915596810.6%
4212-Oct18-Oct32328419808518839650.9%
4319-Oct25-Oct2923801951217021.1751.3451.2%
4426-Oct1-Nov3316795114512211.5062.0241.8%
452-Nov8-Nov9177505104719112.4232.7742.5%
469-Nov15-Nov1.7091.0438302518624.1323.8173.4%
4716-Nov22-Nov2.9952.7051.72461835757.1276.5215.8%
4823-Nov29-Nov4.6984.0782.2491.374448711.82610.5999.5%
Season total 11.826 10.599 6.566 2.129 1.880 24 -10.4%
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 is already with decreasing volumes, with the latest harvests of Emerald, Jewel, among others varieties.

Central Zone (MR and VI Regions)
The harvest in the central zone continues to advance moderately due to the effect of less day degree accumulation. However, an increase in temperatures is projected in the coming weeks, which could reverse this situation.

South Central Zone (VII, XVI and VIII Regions)
The Maule Region is progressing moderately with the early varieties, but a higher harvest rate is projected in the coming weeks. While the Ñuble and Biobio regions are also in harvest with early varieties

South Zone (IX, X and XIVRegions)
The southern zone is beginning with the first harvests in the Araucania region with early varieties such us Rocio, Jewel and Star and mainly focused in organic blueberries.

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