Crop and Export Report 2021, Week 2

EDITORIAL

The harvests continue to be focused in the south central zone in the mid-season varieties and beginning the late ones. These regions continue to provide the highest export volumes, although they are already on the decline. The southern zone continues with rising volumes, although the harvests were interrupted at the end of last week (01) and at the beginning of this week (02) due to rains of different intensity that affected from the Araucanía Region to the south. 

All in all, and after returning to full weeks of harvest after the end-of-year celebrations, 9,396 tons were exported during week 01. It is important to mention that in these first weeks of January the availability of labor for the harvests remains limited, but with the cherry season almost finished in much of the south central zone, the situation is more positive than it was seen during December, nevertheless there are still fields that continue to report a certain lack. 

Regarding the accumulated volumes, having an extra week this season, the comparison of exports will be made between the departures until week 01 of this campaign with the accumulated until week 02 of the 2019/20 season, otherwise, volumes are altered and figures are not representative. Considering the above, 66,361 tons have been exported this season compared with the 67,926 tons of the previous one, this is a drop of 2.3%. In this edition the export table and graphs appear with no volumes on week week 53 of the 2019/20 season, but for the next report the data will be corrected with the information from week 01 of that season, for a better comparison. 

As for organic blueberries, they are entering into the peak weeks of shipments with an accumulated up to week 01 that already exceeds 8,900 tons, showing an increase of 18% compared to 2019/20. 

Regarding the markets, Europe has received 16% more fruit compared to the previous season, while North America 5% less and the Far East 28% less.

CHILEAN BLUEBERRY EXPORTS, BY WEEK AND ACCUMULATED UP TO WEEK 1, 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
452-Nov8-Nov9177384984719112.0922.0821.9%
469-Nov15-Nov1.7091.0258122518623.8013.1082.8%
4716-Nov22-Nov2.9952.5961.67059732356.7965.7045.1%
4823-Nov29-Nov4.6984.1492.3251.374442711.4959.8538.8%
4930-Nov6-Dec6.6775.2263.0071.5196683218.17215.07813.5%
507-Dec13-Dec9.42011.5314.6805.4631.3711727.59226.60923.9%
5114-Dec20-Dec11.87210.7444.4684.5111.7224339.46437.35333.5%
5221-Dec27-Dec9.1329.6824.0364.3111.2953948.59747.03542.2%
5328-Dec3-Jan09.3664.1414.1111.0496648.59756.40250.6%
14-Jan10-Jan8.4938.7913.7934.0199215857.09065.19358.5%
Season total 57.421 65.872 30.684 26.042 8.866 280 14.7%
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 finished.

Central Zone (MR and VI Regions)
The harvest is finished.

South Central Zone (VII, XVI and VIII Regions)
The harvest of early varieties is finished. The focus is now on the mid-season varieties that are in the final stage and the late varieties that are beginning their season. Harvests of Rabbiteye varieties are starting. Temperatures have increased during January and for next week maximums are expected around 35º, which will be under evaluation in next issues.

South Zone (IX, X and XIVRegions)
The southern zone advances interrupted by rains, which mainly affected the Araucania region at the end of last week (01) and Los Lagos at the beginning of this week (02). The early varieties are still in harvest and the mid-season ones are being incorporated.
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