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Citrus Exports to US Are Arriving at Ports

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DSCN2869+1Here is an overview of citrus imports arriving at US ports in the coming weeks and months.  A significant trend is with sweet, easy-peel citrus ranging from clementines to Mandarins and Minneolas and others.

Chilean clementines  – available from late May through August.

South African clementines – available from mid-June to July, and from Uruguay in May and June.

Australian late-season Mandarins  -in late September through mid-October. From Chile and South Africa, they will be available from September through October.

Mandarins from Uruguay will be available July and August, and from Peru they will be available from mid-August through mid-September.

Australian Minneolas from Australia will be available from late August through September and from Peru from mid-July through August. Daisy Mandarins from Australia will be available in late June and July.

The vast majority of easy peelers and Navels produced in Chile are shipped to the U.S. market. Clementine imports from Chile  should amount to 23,638 tons down slightly from last season.  However, a large increase in Mandarin exports — from 30,096 tons to 43,338 tons is forecast.  In total, the entire easy-peeler category is expected to grow by nearly 19 percent.

Mandarin exports to the US are showing strong growth — 44 percent  — with heaviest volume arriving from mid-August through early November.

Chile exports citrus to the US from May through October; Clementines from May through August.

Late Mandarins from Chile are available from August through October.

The first conventional vessel of citrus from South Africa arrived at the port of Philadelphia on June 15 with  about 3,800 pallets of easy peelers and Navel oranges   Two additional vessels were scheduled to arrive by June 25 and July 6.

The detailed shipping plan from South Africa has conventional vessels arriving through October about every 10-12 days, based on market demand.

Container vessels with smaller volumes will arrive between to assure a steady supply of citrus.

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Chilean Fruit Arrivals at U.S. Ports Expected to be More Normal This Winter

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DSCN4358The South American country of Chile exports more than 800,000 tons of fruit to the U.S. annually, and over half of that is supplied during our winter months.

As the largest fruit exporter in the Southern Hemisphere, Chile has everything from blueberries, to grapes and stone fruit — such as peaches, plums and nectarines — during the winter months.  When you see these items in the produce department of your local supermarket, chances are the fruit is from Chile.  This results in many fresh fruits being available the year around, something that did not exist, at least on today’s scale, 20 years ago.

Most of the Chilean produce items arrive by boat on both the east and west coasts of the United States.

Chilean cherries are available from November through January. Blueberries run from November through March. The grape arrivals from Chile runs from December through May, and peaches, plums and nectarines arrive in the U.S. from December through April.

Chile exports around 400,000 tons of grapes to the U.S. each year, representing about half of Chile’s entire export volume to the U.S.

Volume in tons of Chilean fruit imports has been fairly stable over the years, although the 2013-14 was certainly an exception.

Chile experienced its worst drought in 80 years, and the country also had a three-week port strike.   With Chile continually expanding its global presence and selling to more international markets, one might expect to see decreasing volumes to the U.S., but that is not the case. Some commodities, like grapes, have seen decreased volumes, but others, such as blueberries and citrus, have had huge growth.

The potential fly in the ointment this season is the port strikes on the West Coast, particularly as L.A. and Long Beach, escalates.

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