Statistics released by the Patagonia Norte SA port terminal confirm that regional pear and apple exports through the port of San Antonio Este (SAE), located in the Argentine province of Rio Negro, are not recovering. According to the data provided, in the January-October 2019 period, fruit shipments decreased by 22% compared to the same period of the previous year, reaching 152,000 tons.
According to statistics, pear exports reached 114,000 tons in these first ten months of the year, showing a 25% year-on-year crash. The private data also indicates that only 34,000 tons of apples were sold through this port, i.e. 11% less than in the previous year.
The structural crisis of the fruit growing sector in the region and to search for new destinations - seeking alternative outputs to SAE - complicate the situation of the port terminal. Now that the season is already over, it is very difficult for trade trends to change. The 2019 season has broken the record for negative figures since the port was privatized in the mid-1990s.
Nearly 45% of the total exportable supply of fruits sold through SAE is concentrated in the Russian market. The United States is the second most important destination as 16% of the exports that went through the port were sent there. It is followed by the Netherlands, which absorbed 14% of shipments. From there it caters to all of northern Europe.
Private data shows that 10% of the destinations concentrated close to 75% of all overseas exports made through this port. This number also raises flags.
This season most of the regional entrepreneurs reached a minimum in the volume traded and, therefore, should begin to see a rebound on shipments to different markets starting next year.