On week 45, 764 tons of fresh blueberries have been exported from Chile, accumulating a total of 2,447 tons up to date, this is 31% more than the previous season at the same week. Air shipments account for 59% of the total exports, which is normal for this time of the season. On the other hand, the maritime departures are increasing and are focused on the ports of San Antonio (24% of the exports to date) and Valparaiso (16% of the total).
This week (46) there was a national strike on Tuesday (November 12th), which affected the dispatches that day. However, the activity returned to normal the next day and therefore, there will not be no major delays in the shipments.
Regarding frozen blueberries, the stocks in the U.S. reached 131,662 tons in September, greater than the 112,228 tons of the same month of 2018. With this, two consecutive months with stocks increases have been seen compared to 2018 (more detail in the frozen section chart).
CHILEAN BLUEBERRY EXPORTS, BY WEEK AND ACCUMULATED UP TO WEEK 46, IN TONS
The Coquimbo Region is at the peak of the harvest volumes, mainly with Jewel and Emerald while the region of Valparaíso shows increasing volumes but still does not enter the peak.
The OHiggins Region continues with rising volumes. The harvest is focused on covered fields although several uncovered orchards are starting the season. The harves is focusen on early varieties such as Rocío, Suzie Blue and Star, among others.
Crops in the Maule Region continue with light volumes and focused mainly on the orchards under tunnel.
The harvests have not started.