The crops remain focused in the North Zone, with the regions of Coquimbo and Valparaíso already passing the peak of volumes. The OHiggins region is increasing while the Maule and Metropolitan regions still have minor volumes.
The exports maintain an upward trend and a greater volume accumulation compared to the previous season, due to the increase observed in all regions that are entering the full-season stage. Thus, 4,356 tons have been shipped until week 46, 38% more than the previous season at the same week.
Despite the greater volume, there has not been major problems regarding the departures. In recent weeks, the maritime shipments have increased their participation with 85% of the total exports in week 46, mainly via Valparaíso port due to its normal operation and therefore better performance compared to other alternatives that continue to work part-time.
Regarding the destination markets, North America represents 70% of the shipments accumulated to date, followed by the Far East with 22% and Europe with 8%. The organic blueberries meanwhile, represent 48% of the exports up to date (week 46), reaching 2,067 tons, with North America being the main destination.
CHILEAN BLUEBERRY EXPORTS, BY WEEK AND ACCUMULATED UP TO WEEK 47, IN TONS
This Zone is passing the peak of harvest. The main varieties are Jewel, Emerald and Rocío, along with other new varieties.
The harvest in the OHiggins Region continues in the covered fields with varieties such as Rocio and Star. The uncovered fields are increasing, mainly with O Neal variety. A larger volume is observed than the prior season to the date.
The crops in the Maule region are in line with the previous season and focused mainly on orchards under tunnel with varieties such as Jewel and Rocío. However, earlier areas with uncovered orchards have started with varieties such O Neal.
The harvests have not started.