2,638 tons of fresh blueberries were exported during week 47, accumulating a total of 7,045 tons to date, 29% more than the previous season at the same week. Organic blueberries meanwhile, present an accumulated of 2,619 tons, a 103% increase over last season.
Of the total exported on week 47, 92% were sea freights, mainly through the port of San Antonio. This week (48), some ports joined the national strike scheduled for Monday and Tuesday, which led to delays in departures. However, the shipment activity was restarted on Wednesday and currently ports are working without major setbacks.
Regarding the destination markets, North America leads with a 68% share of exports to date, the Far East with 20% and Europe with 13%.
CHILEAN BLUEBERRY EXPORTS, BY WEEK AND ACCUMULATED UP TO WEEK 48, IN TONS
The harvest in the north zone is already with decreasing volumes, with the latest crops of Jewell and Emerald. ONeal is in the last third.
The O Higgins region is entering to the peak of volumes. The main varieties are Star, Suzie Blue and O Neal which is increasing its volumes. The ripening of the fruit is been observed with a moderate pace.
The Maule Region is increasing its volumes. The most of the covered orchards have already passed the harvest peak and the uncovered fields are still increasing. The main varieties in harvest are ONeal, Duke and Star. Bio Bio Region is beginning its season, with Star, Rocío and Duke mainly.
The harvests have not started.