Exports of citrus from Chile should have a 4 percent increase over last year totalling 347,000 metric tons (MT).
The boost is coming primarily from higher easy peeler volumes, with navel volume slightly lower than last year and lemon volume about the same.
North America continues to lead as Chile’s primary export market for citrus. Chile has been meeting strong market demand for clementines, with exports through June, an impressive 38 percent ahead of the same time last season.
Good volumes of easy peelers will be available through October. Clementine shipments have recently wrapped up, and mandarin shipments started in mid June.