Week 04 was highlighted by high export volumes, which reached 8,745 tons and by rains that interrupted the harvests between the Maule region to the North of the Araucanía region on Friday and during the weekend. Meanwhile, the southern zone advanced normally and without interruptions. Accumulated volumes reached 98,504 tons until week 04, 4.2% more than the previous season. North America has received 50% of this total, Europe 38% and the Far East 11%.
With the season well advanced (88% until week 4) and with 13,500 tons left to export according to the original estimate, the impact of the rains was less. The Maule region was practically at the end of its season, as were Ñuble and Biobío, while in Araucanía the northern zone was mainly affected. In terms of varieties, the Rabbiteye were the ones that presented the highest damage in all the mentioned regions.
The effect of the rains would be reflected in lower export volumes during week 05, due to the cleaning of orchards and lower packout percentages during that week, and a smaller drop is also projected in the final portion of the Chilean season, due to some orchards closed the season after this events. With this, it is estimated that 1,900 tons will not be exported for the fresh markets.
Despite the above, the estimate for this 2020/2021 campaign remains unchanged at 111,500 tons, since the regions that were most affected by the rains had already reached the volume projected for the season. Therefore, the estimated volumes that remain to be exported continue unchanged, since they correspond to the regions that were not affected by the aforementioned events.
CHILEAN BLUEBERRY EXPORTS, BY WEEK AND ACCUMULATED UP TO WEEK 4, IN TONS