Crop and Export Report 2021, Week 4

EDITORIAL

During week 03, 14,814 tons were exported. In part this volume is influenced by the delay of a ship that should have departed the previous week, but most of it corresponds to harvests of the week, setting a historical record for a weekly exported volume. With this, the volumes exceed the ones of the previous season by 3%, reaching 89,621 tons exported. Of this total, North America has received 48% of the total, Europe 39%, the Far East 12% and other markets 1%. 

On the harvest side, the south central zone is still concentrated in late varieties, while the south zone is at the peak of volumes. From this Thursday until Sunday the picking will be interrupted by heavy rains that will affect all the areas under harvest. This situation will be evaluated and if there are any damages in production that affect the estimated volume, it will be reported in the next edition. 

Regarding frozen blueberry stocks in the US, in December, inventories were for the first time below when compared to 2019, with 3.5%, reaching 107 thousand tons. In the case of the shipments from Chile, during December the minimum of the year was registered, as is normal, with 1,719 tons exported, 26% less than the same month of 2019. 

CHILEAN BLUEBERRY EXPORTS, BY WEEK AND ACCUMULATED UP TO WEEK 3, 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
4716-Nov22-Nov2.9952.5961.67059732355.4185.3584.8%
4823-Nov29-Nov4.6984.1492.3251.374442710.1169.5078.5%
4930-Nov6-Dec6.6775.1862.9901.5196453216.79314.69313.2%
507-Dec13-Dec9.42011.2344.5165.3611.3401726.21425.92723.3%
5114-Dec20-Dec11.87210.6674.4074.4631.7534338.08636.59432.8%
5221-Dec27-Dec9.1329.4134.0474.0321.2953947.21846.00741.3%
5328-Dec3-Jan8.49310.0424.2314.7101.0356655.71156.04950.3%
14-Jan10-Jan10.6439.6974.2734.3989685866.35565.74659%
211-Jan17-Jan9.8728.0363.6783.1671.1088476.22773.78266.2%
318-Jan24-Jan9.05914.8148.7335.3266748285.28688.59679.5%
Season total 77.936 89.621 43.434 35.084 10.657 446 15%
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 is still focused on late varieties. Temperatures this week returned to normal ranges, however, rains interrupted the harvest on Friday and will extend throughout the weekend. 

South Zone (IX, X and XIVRegions)
The southern zone is at the peak of harvest, mainly with Brigitta, Duke and Draper. As in the south central zone, a front of bad weather interrupted harvests on Friday and is expected to continue throughout the weekend. Therefore, harvest volumes will be impacted, contrasting with the peak recorded during week 03. 
Disclaimer: The information and analysis contained in this report is intended only as a guide to the situation of the Chilean blueberry export industry. We accept no responsibility for the consequences arising from actions taken as a result of the use of this information.