The Association of Chilean Fruit Exporters (Asoex) stated that the United States and China have positioned themselves as the main destination for Chilean table grapes after receiving 274,887 tons and 112,657 tons, respectively, of the 602,020 tons of table grapes that Chile exported up until May 10.
According to the entity, the United States is followed by the Far East with 163,928 tons, Europe with 97,407 tons, and Latin America with 69,627 tons.
Canada and the Middle East have received 17,381 and 11,138 tons, respectively. Shipments of Chilean grapes to all markets have declined, except Europe, which shows a slight increase of 0.74%.
Asoex also highlighted that, despite the coronavirus and the logistical challenges that it has posed, the Asian markets reflected an increase in exports during the development of the season.
Thus, China became the second destination for Chilean table grapes so far with 112,657 tons and a 5.5% increase compared to the same period of the 2018-2019 campaign. Taiwan received 5,051 tons and had a growth of 31%, and Thailand imported 1,649 tons showing an increase of 35%.
Shipments to the Netherlands, the main European fruit and vegetable hub, stood at 31,323 tons and increased by 28.07%, while shipments to England amounted to 26,694 tons (+8.01%), and exports to Russia totaled 11,238 tons (+2.94%).
Asoex stated that the table grape harvest had ended and that the production volume had been smaller than in the previous season, mainly because of a decrease in the hectares planted due to less water availability and the high summer temperatures that affected the development of the fruit, which led to irregular shapes and smaller sizes. In addition, there was a significant change in varieties.