Crop and Export Report 2021, Week 6

EDITORIAL

The export volumes decreased during week 05, reaching 5,996 tons marking the end of Chile's peak weeks. The volumes from the south central zone decreased during week 05, mainly those coming from the Maule region as expected due to the rains of week 04. Right now, the south zone is contributing with the highest export volumes, although they show a decreasing trend. Despite the above, the shipments in week 05 were higher than last season the same week and the accumulated volumes continues the trend of the previous weeks, showing an increase of 4.9% compared to 2019/20, with 104,724 tons shipped. Of this total, North America has received 51% of the volumes, Europe 31% and the Far East 11%. 

Organic blueberries also passed the peak of exports and during week 05 1,510 tons were exported. The accumulated total already amounts to 17,751 tons, 25% more than the previous year. Of this total, 77% of the shipments went to the North American market and 23% to Europe. 

On the other hand, good news comes from the U.S., with the determination of the International Trade Commission of that country and its resolution that imported blueberries do not cause damage to the local industry, without a doubt a great relief for the Chilean industry.

CHILEAN BLUEBERRY EXPORTS, BY WEEK AND ACCUMULATED UP TO WEEK 5, 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
4930-Nov6-Dec6.6775.1862.9901.5196453213.80411.56910.4%
507-Dec13-Dec9.42011.2654.5165.3921.3401723.22522.83420.5%
5114-Dec20-Dec11.87210.6674.4074.4631.7534335.09733.50230%
5221-Dec27-Dec9.1329.3694.0334.0021.2953944.22942.87138.4%
5328-Dec3-Jan8.4939.9964.2154.6801.0356652.72252.86647.4%
14-Jan10-Jan10.6439.6974.2734.3989685863.36662.56356.1%
211-Jan17-Jan9.8728.0613.6783.1671.1328473.23870.62463.3%
318-Jan24-Jan9.05914.9718.8245.3926748282.29785.59476.8%
425-Jan31-Jan7.4928.9855.8022.67739910789.78994.58084.8%
51-Feb7-Feb5.3045.9964.3391.3902026595.093100.57590.2%
Season total 99.792 104.724 53.636 39.188 11.282 618 4.9%
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 season is coming to an end, especially at the Maule region. In the Ñuble and Biobio regions there is a little more volume to be harvested, but very few orchards are still in season with Brightwell, Tifblue and Ochlockonee 

South Zone (IX, X and XIVRegions)
The southern zone already shows decreasing volumes, with the last harvests of Legacy and Brigita, among others. The forecast indicates good weather for next week, although medium-intensity showers could fall for the weekend. 
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.