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Record season for South African soft citrus exports

Record season for South African soft citrus exports, Source: CGA
Source: CGA

 

 

South Africa set a new export record in 2019 for volumes shipped of soft citrus, up 12%. Coming off the back of a good 2018 season, when 16.2 million cartons were exported, the 2019 season saw 18.2 million cartons shipped, according to data released by South Africa’s Citrus Growers Association. The main exporting region is Boland, followed by Western Cape, and Patensie, which is still suffering the effects of water shortages. The main destination market for South Africa’s soft citrus is the UK, although shipments there dropped from slightly to 61,200 tons. The second leading destination, the Netherlands, saw volumes rise by around 10% to 55,300 tons, while, in third place, Russia saw a drop 9% drop to 24,400 tons. In fourth position, the US recorded a rise in shipments of around 32% to 16,600 tons. Similar growth was recorded for exports to Bangladesh, up from 10,600 to 14,300 tons.

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Southern Africa’s citrus growers tip early season end

By the end of the first week of July, 58.5 million 15 Kg cartons had been packed (up from 53.9 million in 2015) and 47.8 million had been shipped (up from 44.4 million).

Packing of citrus in Southern Africa is so far ahead of last season but growers expect an early end to the season.

In his weekly newsletter, Citrus Growers’ Association of Southern Africa CEO Justin Chadwick said in previous years packing was interrupted by rain in the Eastern Cape (mostly affecting navels and lemons – with up to 15 days being lost before mid-July), but the 2016 season packing has not been affected.

“In addition, the tempo of navel packing was increased to ensure good quality.Although packed data shows 2016 ahead of last season, expectations are that there will be an early stop to the season.

Data in the newsletter show that by the end of the first week of July, 58.5 million 15 Kg cartons had been packed (up from 53.9 million in 2015) and 47.8 million had been shipped (up from 44.4 million).

However the current estimate for packing in 2016 as a whole is 108.4 million, down from last year’s 118.4 million.

 

source: CGA