Total clementine citrus exports from Chile in 2018 are estimated to be at 52,000 metric tons, up 27 percent from 41,000 metric tons in 2017, according to the Chilean Citrus Committee. This estimate for 2018 is about double the exports of 2014.
Additionally, exports of Chilean mandarins for 2018 have been projected at 100,000 metric tons, up 32 percent from 76,000 metric tons in 2017. This year’s projected exports of mandarins are up more than three times 2014 exports of 30,000 metric tons.
Chilean clementines will be available primarily from mid-May to mid-August, while mandarins will be shipped from August to mid-November.
Growers in Chile expect an increase from northern growing areas, as an increase in rainfall in the past year and expanding acreage has boosted crop prospects by about 20 percent compared with 2017.
Heavier volume the first week of June is being followed by peak clementine volume in late June and early July. Murcott mandarin volume will peak in late September and into to October.
Chile controls the biggest share of U.S. summer easy peeler imports, according to 2017 trade statistics.
The USDA reports U.S. imports of Chilean tangerines and mandarins totaled 109,752 metrics tons in 2017, compared with 49,442 metric tons from Peru, 17,010 metric tons from Uruguay and 10,762 metric tons from South Africa.
Chilean exports of clementines began the week of April 2, one week ahead of the 2017 season, with about 1,440 boxes (21,600 metric tons) of oronules destined for the U.S.
Through April 23, Chile had exported 89,358 boxes (1,427 metric tons), down 17 percent from the same date of 2017.
While Halos and Cuties may command 85 to 90 percent of the market in the winter, that percentage is considerably less in the summer months
Counting supply from South Africa, Chile, Uruguay and Peru, shipments of easy peelers to the U.S. have grown from 111,000 metric tons in 2015 to 141,0000 metric tons in 2016 and 183,000 metric tons in 2017. For 2018, the combined volume from those Southern Hemisphere suppliers is projected at 230,000 metric tons.
Philadelphia is a primary port for receiving clementines from Chile.