Following the signing of an export agreement with China in 2017, with Argentinian company Berries Del Sol sent its first pallets of blueberries to the Far Eastern giant on November 20th. Although the export protocol was agreed in 2017, access was only formally provided in September. The first fruit to be sent is the Emerald variety of blueberry. The shipment was sent to Buenos Aires by road, then by air to Hong Kong. Its ultimate destination is Shenzhen in the south of China. The blueberries will be stored in a cold chamber during the 48-hour transit.
Argentina dispatches first shipments of blueberries to China
Argentina aims to commence cherry exports to China
Argentina’s cherry producers will begin exporting to China this campaign, with market access due to be formally agreed over the next few weeks. With the current season just getting underway, production is estimated to be up 3.7% to 14,000 tons. Exports should total 5,000 tons, similar to last year. Around 30% is sold on the national market, 50% exported and 20% used for processing.
Argentine lemon exports to the US recommence
Argentina’s lemon exports to the United States have officially begun, with the first shipments expected to arrive in around 30 days. A spokesperson for the Argentine Northwest Citizens Association (ACNOA), which brings together the region’s fruit producers, packaging plants and industries, said, "Given that this is our first campaign exporting to the US after many years, export volumes will be moderate as it takes time and effort to develop commercial programmes.”
Argentina’s citrus production to rise in 2017/2018
Argentina’s experts predict that overall fresh citrus production will increase this year thanks to the favourable weather conditions in the country. As for exports, volumes of lemons shipped overseas are expected to increase slightly as a result of the greater output, while orange and tangerine exports will be below historical averages due to the lack of competitiveness in the export sector. Domestic consumption is projected to rise significantly for oranges and tangerines in line with the greater availability of the fruit.
Argentina’s apple, pear, grape exports below historical levels
Hail storms, blooming difficulties and an ongoing decline in planted area have seen USDA forecasts for Argentina’s production of apples this year revised down to 640,000 tons and that for fresh pears to 580,000 tons.
Exports are revised down to 105,000 tons for apples and revised up to 330,000 tons for pears.
Lower blueberry volumes in Argentina
The late spring frosts are the main focus of attention of Argentine producers; however, nobody expected such a low start of the 2015 season. In addition, the El Niño threat is still dormant, since the forecast is for a rainy season.
The Argentine Blueberries Committee (ABC) therefore doubts that the auspicious estimates of week 37 will be fulfilled; in fact, everything points to a 12% decrease in fruit volume on 2014, which would mean a total of around 14,500 tons for Argentina.
Argentina also sees recovery in apple, pear crops
Argentina’s fresh apple production is likely to rebound to 720,000 tons and pears to 650,000 tons next year, thanks to favourable weather conditions.
But even so, that’s down on the ‘normal’ levels of about 900,000 and 850,000 tons respectively due to decreased planted area as a result of the economic crisis Argentine producers have faced in the past 7-8 years, says a USDA Global Agricultural Information Network (GAIN) report.