According to the Chinese outlet Produce Report, a total of 32 Cherry Express service ships are expected to arrive in China from Chile until February 16, 2021. The ships will call in the ports of Hong Kong, Shanghai, Shekoy, and Nansha.
The first ship with Chilean cherries, the Cisnes, arrived in Hong Kong on December 12 with 240 containers of cherries, to later continue its route to the port of Shenzhen. This shipment consisted mainly of Royal Dawn cherries, 145 containers, Santina cherries, 71 containers, Glen Red cherries, 9 containers, Lapins cherries, 2 containers, and Royal Lynn cherries, also 2 containers.
The Copiapó ship arrived in Hong Kong on December 20, while the Caroline is expected to arrive on December 22, and the Mol Beyond on December 25.
These four shipments have consisted mostly of Santina and Royal Dawn cherries, which account for 89% and 95% of the cherries that have been unloaded, respectively. Currently, there are more than 100 containers of cherries waiting to clear Hong Kong customs before they can reach local markets.
It should be noted that this year's cherry harvest season began one to two weeks later than in 2019, which means there has been a -1.35% decrease in the number of shipments from weeks 47-49, a -15.08% decrease in week 48, and a -4.43% fall in week 49.
Chile's cherry production is estimated to reach 300,000 tons, i.e. 15% more than in the previous season.