USDA Gain report

Japan - 2018 Stone Fruit Annual

In marketing year (MY) 2018/19, reduced production and higher prices of US cherries led to a 46 percent decline in exports to Japan to an estimated 2,800 tons. The Japanese area planted continued its long-term trend of decline while a gradual shift from traditional to new varieties that extend the harvest season further reduced the area harvested.

Additionally, a hot, dry growing season reduced the weight of Japanese peach production in MY 2018/19, resulting in a smaller fruit size, and hence a reduced production forecast by 2.3 percent to 122,000 tons. The US exports of nectarines to Japan is forecast to decrease by 15 percent to 140 tons in MY 2018/19.

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