Even with more challenges in global logistics, which include the war between Russia and Ukraine and the new closures of Chinese ports, Brazilian fresh fruit exports reached 250,000 tons in the first quarter of this year compared to the period from January to March 2021, a growth of 2% in volume. Revenues, on the other hand, remained stable at US$ 196 million, according to data from the Brazilian Association of Producers and Exporters of Fruits and Derivatives.
Lemons were a particular highlight, with a volume shipped 20% higher. Mango, the most exported fruit in 2021, recorded an increase of 9% in volume in the quarter, but a drop of 8% in value. This is because there was a loss of quality due to the intense rains that hit the São Francisco Valley region, the main production hub. Also affected by the rain, the grape lost 59% in volume of exports and 61% in revenue. The apple, with a drop in production caused by the drought in the south, had a fall of 52% in volume and 56% in value.