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Results of the first part of the campaign

Spain: Citrus exports are close to last year's figures

The citrus export figures in the first part of the campaign will remain close to those achieved in the previous one, which stood at 2,032,157 tonnes. And this will be so despite the lower volume available, with a drop that, in the case of the Region of Valencia, exceeds 20% compared to the previous season.

The Citrus Management Committee has been taking stock of the first part of the campaign, which comes to an end when the Satsumas, the early clementine varieties of September/October, the Clemenules clementines, the Clemenvilla mandarins and other late clementines from January have all been harvested.

In the balance sheet, the Citrus Management Committee highlights "the great taste quality, the commercial sizes that have been obtained and the the good weather that we've had so far, which have been beneficial for the clementines in a year of sharp declines in the harvest."

In general, "global citrus exports up until 30 November (the latest data available), are almost identical to those of the previous season (883,015 tonnes, compared to 884,335 tonnes in the previous year), which is really good if we take into account the overall fall in the harvest volume in the main Spanish production areas, which was estimated at -12.3% (-20.3% in Valencia, -2.8% in Andalusia and -2% in Murcia)," reports the Citrus Management Committee. As for lemons, up until 30 November, the production totalled 131,748 tonnes, compared to 114,242 tonnes in the previous one, as reported by the same sources of the Citrus Management Committee.

Data up until 21 January
Taking also into account the data on exports to third countries recorded up until 21 January, when the first part of the campaign comes to an end, "the prospect is for the export figures to be very similar to those of the previous campaign, which then reached 2,032,157 tonnes, with 842,165 tonnes corresponding to clementines," reported the Citrus Management Committee.

The Committee also said that, according to the latest statistics available, as of 30 November, "we have exported 516,000 tonnes of Satsumas, Clementines and mandarins, compared to 520,000 tonnes last season. The prices at destination have been better than last year thanks to the fact that, despite the repeated messages about a supposed shortage of Spanish fruit, the quality has been similar or even better and the demand has remained stable. It has also been possible to cover all weekly supermarket programs and there has been no lack of fruit in the wholesale markets of Europe," explains a representative from the Committee.

Oranges up until November
When it comes to oranges, a total of 222,735 tonnes were supplied up to 30 November, compared to 237,094 tonnes by the same date of the previous campaign, reports the Committee.

Regarding Navelina/Navel oranges, "there was a significant gap between the prices paid at origin and the sale prices in Europe," stressed the Management Committee. "The frequent messages published in the summer, before the official volume estimates were announced, about an alleged fall in the harvest, especially in the case of the first oranges of the season (the Navelinas) took a toll and resulted in European buyers extending the purchases of Valencia oranges from the southern hemisphere," states the representative from the Management Committee. For many weeks, this has a negative impact on the demand for Spanish oranges. However, by the end of November, "... we had 14,359 fewer tonnes exported, and exporters confirm that this reduction in the marketed volume has been maintained in December and January," concludes the representative of the Citrus Management Committee.


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