Argentina has already exported five containers of garlic produced in the province of Mendoza to Taiwan, a market that isn't supplied by garlic from China. The shipment amounted to 5,000 kilos of brushed garlic in bags of 20 kilograms worth more than $200,000.
Taiwan is a market of great importance for Mendoza's sector because it is the first market that demands this product in November of each year when the local season begins. The country imports lower caliber garlic that is not very demanded by other markets and it buys it at very competitive prices.
Two of the five containers had caliber-4 garlic, worth $33,600 each, and the other three containers had caliber-6 garlic and were worth $48,000 each. For now, exporters expect the Asian country will continue to place more orders.
"The prospects of the 2019/20 garlic season are excellent, as there is firm demand for this product fueled by the lower supply from China and Spain, which are our main competitors," stated Mario Lazzaro, the managing director of ProMendoza.
Lazzaro said he expected this season's export volume will reach 60,000 tons of garlic, which is higher than the volume exported in the 2016/17 campaign but lower than the 76,000 tons exported last season, due to a reduction in the area planted during this campaign.
Mendoza's garlic sector's goals this year are to maintain the Brazilian market and improve its profitability, and to maintain their position as an exporter of garlic in European markets, such as Germany, France, Italy, and the Netherlands. In addition, Spain might buy our garlic to meet its export obligations in Europe, Lazzaro stated.