Argentina’s fruit industry has received a welcome boost with the news that the country’s export tax is to be cut from 4% to 3%. The move is aimed at making the South American giant’s products more competitive on the world’s markets. The reduction applies to 207 products, including fresh fruit.
Argentine fruit sector welcomes lowering of export tax
GreenTech 2019 addresses crop production challenges
GreenTech 2019 will feature an all new knowledge programme which will take place on 11, 12 and 13 June at RAI Amsterdam. With this programme the international horticulture industry gets answers on how to optimize crop production and discover the latest technological innovations.
Argentina to export citrus to India and Vietnam
The Indian and Vietnamese markets have opened to Argentine lemons, although phytosanitary protocols still need to be settled before exports can begin at the end of the 2019 campaign. Argentina is working on lowering the tariffs required by India, which currently stand at 30%. As a result of this tariff, India will not immediately become an important market, but in the long-term, given its enormous population, Argentina spies great prospects on the subcontinent. For now, Indians are not used to consuming yellow lemon, but rather a kind of lime, similar to the Tahiti lime.
Germany looks to alternatives to expensive Ecuadorian bananas
Due to the high price of Ecuador’s bananas, exports to Germany have dropped by 20-25% in 2019, according to industry sources. German retailers are instead looking to buy cheaper alternatives from Central America, like Guatemala. The relatively high prices of Ecuadorian bananas are due partly to the country’s government setting a minimum sales price and partly due to the higher shipping costs from South America, from where ships must pay to cross the Panama Canal.
Mexico’s berry exports reach US$2.1 billion
Argentine cherries land in China
Spain remains emphatically Europe’s stone fruit king
Intra-EU trade in peaches and nectarines measured 1.3 million tons in 2017. Every year, Spain’s dominant position becomes ever more secure as Europe’s main producer of the stone fruits, and 2017 was no different. Spanish exports to other EU countries have risen steadily over the past decade, from below 500,000 tons in 2007 to almost 900,000 tons in 2017. Meanwhile, Spain’s biggest rival, Italy, has seen its fortunes go in the opposite direction.
Ecuador’s banana exports drop 13%
Prices of Ecuador’s bananas have fallen as poor market conditions have led to lower exports (13% below average). The situation in Russia is particularly bad, with extremely low prices. The Spanish market price is more positive due to the supply deficit in the Canary Islands. In Weeks 1-21 of 2018, the average market price on Ecuador’s domestic market was up 1% compared to the same period of the previous year.
Chile’s grape production continues decline
In the past five years, Chile’s table grape planted area declined, but the decrease has slowed down since 2015/16 and the planted area in 2017/18 totalled 48,202 ha. One reason for the shift away from producing grapes is the declining profits they can secure in export markets in the face of increasing competition from abroad and higher expectations of quality, calibre and new varieties. This means table grape producers must convert their orchards to more modern varieties and that requires capital investment.
First Dutch sweet peppers land in China
On April 14th, the first batch of Dutch sweet peppers hit the Chinese market. The peppers are produced by the Harvest House cooperative and shipped by air to Weihai, a coastal city in Shandong. The peppers are sourced directly by leading retail chain Shandong Jiajiayue. The peppers are picked, packaged and flown to China in less than 48 hours to ensure maximum freshness and flavour. These should be the first of many varieties of sweet peppers that will be introduced to the Chinese market this year.