The onion export market is quiet at the moment. "Spain is still buying a little. But that will probably be one of the last. There are still some onions going to Africa. Exports to the Far East are, however, over," says Rene Tiggelman of Handelsmaatschappij van Langevelde in the Netherlands. He points out that his company's not active in all destinations. So, he doesn't know what the situation is in Eastern Europe.
"But there's little demand in western Europe. I, therefore, don't expect it to get very busy. There are still a few quiet months left. This is increasingly becoming onion exports' story. There's a distinct difference between before and after December. That's been the case since we lost our exports to Russia. And I don't think it will change. All the more reason to go all out in the first half of the season."
This season is the last that Javala, a subsidiary of Van Langevelde, will be packaging its onions. It will be continuing purely as an exporter. "We buy from packing stations and thus receive everything packed, Rene says. "I can't complain about the quality. Everything arrives in good order."
"Potato exports continue reasonably well, although we aren't such a big player. France has always been a major destination for us. Because of the global pandemic, our potato exports have been poor for some time now. Trade to Africa continues reasonably well. It's even better than the onions," Rene concludes.