Crop and Export Report 2020, Week 51

EDITORIAL

10,380 tons were exported during week 50, although this volume is bulky due to those containers from week 49 that could not be shipped and therefore were attributed to shipments of week 50. Even so, the exports from Chile are increasing, since the harvests are focused on the south central zone, which contributes with the highest volumes in the country and which is currently at the peak period of harvests, to which is added the southern zone that continues with more supply available each week. On the other hand, the difficulty in obtaining harvest workers continues, an effect that will be more marked during December due to competition with other fruits, which could be reflected in the shipments of the coming weeks. 

Despite the jump in the exports of the last week, the total accumulated of 2020/21 remains 6% below the records of the previous season to the same week, with 26,065 tons dispatched until week 50. Of this total, 31% has been shipped to the European market, which became more relevant this last week and shows a 16% growth in the volumes accumulated to date, while North America shows a 16% drop, as well as the Far East which shows 11% less than the same week of the previous season. 

In relation to frozen blueberries, 2,349 tons were exported from Chile during November, with Australia the main destination. This volume is 11% less than that sent the same month of 2019

CHILEAN BLUEBERRY EXPORTS, BY WEEK AND ACCUMULATED UP TO WEEK 50, 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
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-Nov1.7091.0258122518624.1323.7993.4%
4716-Nov22-Nov2.9952.7071.72462035757.1276.5065.8%
4823-Nov29-Nov4.6984.1072.2781.374448711.82610.6139.5%
4930-Nov6-Dec6.6775.1343.0071.4396563218.50315.74714.1%
507-Dec13-Dec9.42010.3804.0015.0561.3051727.92326.12723.4%
Season total 27.923 26.127 13.586 8.626 3.841 74 -6.4%
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 harvest is in its final stage, with the latest collections from Emerald, O'Neal and Ventura.

Central Zone (MR and VI Regions)
The VI Region is passing the peak of harvest, mainly with varieties such as Duke, Suzie Blue and O'Neal, among others.

South Central Zone (VII, XVI and VIII Regions)
The south central zone is in the peak harvest period. The early varieties are at the peak or past the peak, depending on the area, with Duke being the most important variety, while the mid-season varieties are gaining strength.

South Zone (IX, X and XIVRegions)
The harvest continues to focus on the earliest orchards in Araucania, with varieties such as Duke.
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