According to estimates from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), Chilean cherry exports will increase by 13% in the 2019/2020 marketing year, reaching 259,000 tons, a higher volume than the 228,923 tons exported in the 2019/2020 cycle, which was already 27.2% higher than the volume exported in the previous season.
China is the main market for Chilean cherries, as the country sends 90% of the total volume it exports to this destination. The United States is the second destination for this fruit. However, Chilean cherry exports to the United States only account for 2% of the total, and shipments in the 2019/2020 campaign decreased by 4.6% when compared to the 2018/2019 campaign.
Exports to China
In early February, during the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak, at least 3,000 containers of Chilean cherries were on their way to or arriving in China, specifically with late-harvest varieties of cherries. Chilean exporters stated that some shipments were delayed or stuck in Chinese ports, so there was a high risk that these exports were lost because cherries are a perishable product.
Despite these difficulties, the export volume of cherries to China increased by 31.6% in the 2019/2020 marketing year when compared to the previous season.
Chilean cherry exporters expect Chinese demand will continue to expand, offering new market opportunities for Chilean cherries in Chinese inland cities.