In 2018, Taiwan was the third largest export market for U.S. peaches and nectarines and the fourth largest for U.S. cherries. Taiwan’s peach and nectarine production is forecast to decline from 22,506 tons in 2018 to 17,000 tons in 2019 due to poor bearing. Total peach and nectarine imports are forecast to be stable during the upcoming U.S. shipping season, in line with the historic trend at 15,000 tons. Total Cherry imports for the full year are forecast to decrease by eight percent to 11,000 tons due to less available U.S. supply attributed to weather related crop damage in the United States.
Peaches and nectarine seedlings are projected to increase, but not enough for production to recover from damage related to the 2016 typhoon season. Total harvest area is projected to decrease from 2,075 in 2018 to 2,060 hectares in 2019. Moreover, Taiwan's Council of Agriculture (COA) estimates the crop area for peaches and nectarines in 2018 was down three percent from 2017. The shortage of labor and recent weather anomalies continue to be major concerns for growers considering investing in orchards and recovering lost acreage and production.