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Pear and apple exports fall in the Southern Hemisphere

According to the update provided by WAPA on international apple and pear trade in October 2012, the World Association of Apple and Pear Producers, because of the numbers of shipments delivered by export authorities from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, New Zealand and South Africa, grouped under SHAFFE (Exporters Association
of Fresh Fruit for the Southern Hemisphere), and statistics on exports from Brazil to Europe, compiled by European Commission surveys, among others, is evidence of a significant drop in exports of apples and pears from major exporting nations of the Southern Hemisphere.


General shipments of apples from the Southern Hemisphere, ie Argentina (week 28), Chile (week 33), New Zealand (Week 35), Brazil (week 36) and South Africa (week 36), to the different markets of the world presented a decrease of 8%, reaching inOctober 2012, 1,341,500 tons compared to 1,450,888 tons in 2011.

The producer/exporter country with the largest decrease in their apple shipments globally is Argentina, with a 26% decrease. A special case is Brazil and South Africa, which show 12% and 7% increase.

For Southern Hemisphere exports to Europe, they have been reduced by 12%, reaching 455,552 tons, compared with 518,727 made last year. In this market the producer/exporter country with the biggest drop is Chile with 22%. Again Brazil makes a difference, along with South Africa, in being the only ones showing an increase of 34% and 3% respectively.

Meanwhile, shipments of apples from the Southern Hemisphere to markets in the U.S. and Canada show a 19% rise, reaching 178,160 tons, compared to 149,172 tons in October 2011. The greatest increase was presented by Argentina (91%) followed by Chile (26%), being our country the largest volume to date at 135,007 tons.

Finally in WAPA´s report notes that there is export potential in the Southern Hemisphere for 1,644,663 tons of apples, being Chile the country with the highest volume (806,000 tons.)


For pears the export from the Southern Hemisphere to the world, counting statistics only of Argentina (week 28), Chile (week 33), New Zealand (week 35) and South Africa (week 36), show a decline of -11% up to October 2012 with a total of 1,341,500 tons compared to 1,450,888 tons in 2011.

Exports to the European market from the Southern Hemisphere totaled 212,938 tons of pears, which is 25% less than October 2011, reaching 283,698 tons. The largest decrease is presented by Argentina with -43% compared to what was sent last year to the European market.

Meanwhile, the United States and Canada imported 57,618 tons, 8% less than in October of last year, in which they imported 62,656 tons. In this market has the biggest fall was in New Zealand (-30%.)

Regarding pear export expectations from Southern Hemisphere delivered by WAPA-SHAFFE, they reach the 655,960 tons.

Source: Simfruit

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