Last week's harvest labors were interrupted by the Christmas holiday (Friday 25th), however, some orchards resumed the work the next day. Therefore, the shipments reached 8,856 tons during week 52, showing a normal drop for the time and with volumes slightly lower than the records of the previous season at the same week, which has also been influenced by the lack of pickers in some of the operations.
Considering the above, the accumulated exported volume up to week 52 shows 4.1% less compared to the last season with 46,920 tons dispatched. In this last week of the year, corresponding to week 53, the harvests will again be interrupted by the end of the year festivities. The data from this extra week will be reflected in the next edition, when the corresponding shipments are imputed, both in the tables and charts.
The shipments of last week were mainly distributed between North America and Europe, which received 43% and 41% of the volume of that week, followed by the Far East with 15%. Given the lower cumulative shipments to date (week 52), North America and the Far East show a drop in total shipments while Europe shows an increase of 13% in the accumulated volume.
The editorial team wish you all have a Happy New Year!
CHILEAN BLUEBERRY EXPORTS, BY WEEK AND ACCUMULATED UP TO WEEK 53, IN TONS