Japan’s fruit imports hit by container shortfall

Thu 29/04/2021 by Richard Wilkinson
Japanese fruit market

Japanese imports of fresh fruit dropped 8% y-o-y to 112,100 tons during February 2021. The reason for the fall is attributed to the global reefer container shortage. US imports were the worst affected, with lemon shipments down 56%, oranges and tangerines down 50%, kiwis down 38% and grapefruits down 32%. However, avocado imports (mainly from Mexico) in January and February 2021 were up 8% y-o-y to 11,900 tons.

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