Garlic prices in various markets this season have been low as a result of abundant supply in the market due to a good harvest and lower sales due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Ms. Jocelyn Fang, Manager of Shandong Xuanyi Food Co., Ltd., talked about the recent garlic market.
"Compared with the South American market, the African market has been ideal recently. Our exports to Africa have almost halved compared to the same period in previous years. Especially, occasions frequently occurred where shipping schedules were extended or goods were stranded at the port due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
"Garlic containers need to be connected to the power source to stay chilled, so the earlier congestion at the port has had a certain impact on product quality. We sent a batch of goods to Africa in mid-May but they have not yet arrived. Our customers there are still waiting for them and have not made new purchases, leading to delays in some orders. Fortunately, shipping and logistics conditions have more or less returned to normal from June,” Ms. Fang said. "The current FOB price of fresh garlic to Africa is around 700-800 US dollars per ton, which is higher than last month but still lower than the same period in previous years."
When talking about market conditions in the coming weeks, Ms. Fang said, “Currently, the price of raw materials has risen significantly in China, but it remains low in overseas markets. There are many factors that have been affecting market conditions this season, and we still need to wait and see how the market will develop.”
“This year, Egyptian garlic gained access to Brazil, which has a certain impact on Chinese exports. Coupled with the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, our export volume to this country may be halved to around 200-300 containers this year,” Ms. Fang said. “Over the past two months, our exports of dried garlic to Brazil have remained roughly the same as in previous years without significant increase or decrease, while our exports of fresh garlic decreased by 15%. Right now, the price of good-quality fresh garlic exported to Brazil is about 800 US dollars per ton, which is about 1.5 times lower than during the peak sales season in April. I expect the market in Brazil to be slightly better in the coming months.”
Established in 2006, Shandong Xuanyi Food Co., Ltd. is a company specialized in garlic production, processing, and export.
In addition to fresh garlic, their main offerings also include garlic powder, mince, and slices, as well as black garlic. “Appealing in appearance and spicy in flavor, Chinese garlic is well received in overseas markets. Last year, we exported about 3,000 tons of storage garlic. Among these markets, the purchasing potential of the South American markets has grown rapidly. Our exports to South America have been carried out by traders, but with the increase in order volume, we have contacted more buyers in South America for direct export,” Ms. Fang said.
Contact: Ms. Jocelyn fang
Company: Shandong Xuanyi Food Co., Ltd.