By the end of the second quarter of the year, Argentine apple exports to Brazil increased by 120% and registered the highest sales volume of the last five seasons with 22,770 tons, according to data provided by the Agri-Food Health and Quality National Service (Senasa).
Brazil positioned itself as the most important destination for the country's apples, followed by Russia, with a little more than 10,000 tons, Bolivia, with nearly 9,000 tons, Paraguay and the United States, with nearly 5,000 tons each.
These five destinations accounted for 65% of the region's total apple exports.
Despite the higher demand for apples in the Brazilian market, the FOB prices that exporters declared to Customs show a significant drop. According to data from Customs, the average FOB value of the apples destined for Brazil stood at 0.74 dollars per kilo this season, i.e. nearly 10% lower than in the same period of last year and close to 25% lower than in the same period of 2018.
Customs statistics highlight that, although the average export value to Brazil is 0.74 dollars, the lower limits are close to 0.50 dollars per kilo and the upper limits surpass the dollar per kilo.
A slight drop in pear sales
According to Senasa, at the end of the second quarter of the year, the country had exported a total of 72,600 tons of pears to Brazil, a volume that reflects a 1% year-on-year drop and a 5% drop when compared to the same period of 2018.
The average FOB price for the pears was 0.68 dollars per kilo, 8% below the previous year, and 24% less than in 2018.