As every year, September 1 marks the beginning of a new Chilean export season. Following is a review of the numbers of the species that have already closed their season and are getting ready for the next one.
|Species||2012/13 || 2013/14||%Var|
|Table grapes||852.519|| 728.314|| -15%|
|Blueberries||86.949 ||74.380 || -14%|
|Cherries||51.948||68.537 || 32%|
|Stone fruits ||211.203||90.815 || -57%|
The 2013/14 Chilean table grape export season had a 15% decline in volume when compared to the previous season because of the frosts in September that affected the fruit in its most vulnerable state. Despite that decline, the highest peak in exports of the last 3 years, 75,033 tons, was reached in week 13. Another notable aspect of this season was the significant increase in Peruvian exports, which went from 148,500 to 222,894 tons, a 50% increase that exceeded the most positive expectations.
Chilean blueberry exports this season dropped 14% when compared to the previous year and amounted to 74,380 tons. Blueberry production was affected by the frost in September, the Lobesia botrana and the port strike in summer.
Cherry exports increased by 32%, a figure that was lower than initial estimates. Expectations are that shipments will increase in the 2014/15 season if weather conditions are good. The big question, however, is: what will happen in the Chinese New Year? Next year, the Chinese New Year will take place on February 19, i.e. at week 8, 3 to 4 weeks later than in previous seasons, when Chile's campaign is in its final phase.
The stonefruits had the biggest decline among the species analysed. Their season started before time and was 2 weeks shorter. Exports declined by 57% on average. Apricot exports were the most affected (-77 %) and peach exports the least (-44%). Nectarines exports decreased by 58%, while plums decreased by 60% or 69,800 tons.
data source: SAG ASOEX