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Chilean Mandarin Export Forecast Cut 20%; Other Citrus Also Affected

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Chile’s Citrus Comite of Asoex has provided updated export estimate for this season in the wake of a late May freeze event, with all categories set to see a decline and mandarins bearing the brunt.

The organization expects mandarin shipments to be 21 percent lower than originally estimated, at 95,000 tons down from 120,000 tons. 

Clementines are set to experience the second-biggest drop, with exports forecast 13 percent lower at 34,800 tons down from 40,000.

Exports of oranges and lemons are both expected to be 8 percent down, with the former falling to 82,500 tons from 90,000 tons, and the latter dropping to 78,000 from 85,000.

In total, Chilean citrus shipments during the 2022 season are now forecast 13 percent lower than originally estimated, according to the Citrus Committee, which represents about 75 percent of the country’s exporters.

“During this season there was a significant frost,” it said in a statement. “The low temperatures affected different growing areas, but the extent of the phenomenon was limited, affecting only some valleys and sectors within the affected orchards.”

The association has called on exports to implement the work plan established to deal with these situations to prevent the export of freeze-damaged fruit.

“The Chilean industry is prepared and has the technology and technical capacity to separate fruit that is damaged both in the field and in packing, thus avoiding packing and export. These measures have already been applied in previous seasons with very good results,” the Citrus Committee said.

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Chilean Citrus Volume to be Down 12% in 2022 Season

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The Chilean citrus season kicked off in mid-April when the first shipment of clementines set sail for the U.S. market.

Chile will supply clementines, mandarins, navels and lemons to the U.S. market, with promotional support starting in June and continuing through October, according to a news release.

The current total Chilean Citrus forecast across categories is as follows: 

  • Clementines: 45,000 tons    
  • Mandarins: 120,000 tons
  • Navels: 90,000 tons
  • Lemons: 90,000 tons

Logistical and climatic issues have impacted overall volume, resulting in an anticipated 12% decrease from 2021. Nonetheless, Juan Enrique Ortuzar, president of the Chilean Citrus Committee, remains optimistic about the industry’s future.

“We are facing a challenging season in many respects, but citrus has grown into an incredibly strong, year-round category,” Ortuzar said in the release. “Chilean citrus volume has increased by 25% over the past five years. With our quality proposition, we believe there will continue to be growth opportunities.”

The U.S. received 88% of all Chilean citrus exports in 2021, with 97% of clementines and mandarins shipped to the U.S. Volume will be lower this year, especially for clementines, where a volume decrease of 35% is anticipated, but the U.S. will continue to receive the majority of Chilean citrus exports.  To support this volume, the Citrus Committee is finalizing a robust marketing campaign that will help build demand and drive sales at the retail level. 

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U.S. Receives Vast Majority of Chilean Citrus Exports, Which are Expected to Plunge

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Several factors are expected in a significant drop in Chilean citrus exports, most of which typically are bound for the U.S. Among the challenges this season because there are the

increasing cost of logistics, which have practically doubled. Added to this are the problems arising from COVID. In the Chinese market there are still many restrictions, and although in other countries they have been decreasing, Chile is still facing the consequences of the pandemic. And last, but not least, is the drought that has been dragging on in Chile for more than a decade.

Clementines will be the most affected, for this season an export volume of 45,000 tons is expected, which represents a 35 percent decrease when compared to 2021, due to the drought in Chile.

The U.S. received 88 percent of all Chilean citrus exports in 2021, with 97 percent of clementines and mandarins shipped to the U.S.

In the case of mandarins that are later, the The Chilean Citrus Committee projects a season not very different from the previous one, and although it is not growing much in volume, there are new plantations, so it is estimated that it will reach 120,000 tons this year, 5 percent less than the previous season.


With lemons, it is a little early to provide precise estimates, however, a volume of 90,000 tons is currently projected, which is equivalent to 11 percent less than the previous season.


For oranges, an export volume of 90,000 tons is projected, which would represent 13 percent less when compared to 2021.

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Updated Chilean Citrus Report Shows 85% of Exports Destined to U.S.

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With Chilean clementines and lemons already in market, and navels and mandarins on the way, the Chilean Citrus Committee of ASOEX has released an updated season forecast.

Clementine volumes, originally expected to increase by seven percent to 55,000 tons, are now projected to jump to 59,000 tons, a 14% increase over 2020.  Export volumes of lemons, navels and mandarins remain in line with the first 2021 forecast (98,000, 89,000 and 145,000 tons, respectively). With a total citrus forecast of 391,000 tons, Chile expects to ship roughly 85% of all volume to the U.S. market.

As of early July, Chile had exported 8,142 tons (519,369 boxes) of clementines, totaling 40,040 tons (2,541,962 boxes), up 11% over same time last season, with 98% of the volume being sent to the U.S. (39,392 tons; 2,500,892 boxes). Of the volume shipped to the U.S., 69% was destined for the East Coast (27,315 tons; 1,736,608 boxes) and 31% for the West Coast (12,077 tons; 764,284 boxes). 

Navel shipments are steadily increasing, with the largest week of exports was expected in the 2nd week of July.  Chile shipped a total of 6,595 tons of navels the previous week, with 5,534 tons (84%) destined for North America. Lemon exports have also been steady and strong, with 11,476 tons (52%) heading to North America.  The first mandarin shipments were recorded in early July, with the entire volume (140 tons/8,767 boxes) destined for the U.S.

Good Chilean Citrus volume will continue through October.

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Growth Expectations Start Chilean Clementine Export Season

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The Chilean clementine export season has been launched with expectations of growth over last year, according to the Citrus Committee of the Fruit Exporters’ Association (Asoex).


A 7 percent increase of exports over 2020 is forecast with 55,000 metric tons (MT) for this season.

The first shipments left during first week of April, with 573MT of the Clemenules, Orogrande and Oronules varieties having been exported by the 3rd week of April. This compares to 1,503MT that had been exported by the same period last year.

Clementines and lemons were the first to start, with oranges following soon.

Dry weather was report with little rains, making for a smooth start to the harvests. Although the first shipments of clementines were lower than last season, it was too early to establish any change in the estimates for the period.

The primary destination for Chilean citrus exports is the U.S., accounting for about 85% of total shipments. It is followed by the Far East and Europe, which represent 9% and 3% respectively. There are also sales to Canada, Latin America and the Middle East. 

In the total citrus category, Chile in March predicted a 6 percent increase over last season. The biggest rise will be for mandarins with an increase of 11 percent over a year ago, followed by clementines with 7 percent growth. Lemons are expected to see a 3 percent increase, while oranges will stay the same.

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Chilean Citrus Exports Continue Growth, with U.S. Receiving 85% of Product

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A 6 percent increase in the volume of Chilean citrus exports for the 2021 season is expected by the Asoex Committee. The estimated total shipping volume is 387,000 metric tons (MT).

The greatest increase will be for mandarins with an increase of 11 percent over last year, followed by clementines with 7 percent growth. Lemons are expected to see a 3 percent increase, while oranges will remain unchanged.

The growth in citrus exports is due to the increase in plantations during the last decade, according to the press release.

“In total there are 22,230 hectares planted, of which 8,427 correspond to mandarin plantations, 7,376 hectares of lemons, 6,260 of oranges and 167 of grapefruit,” Juan Enrique Ortúzar President of Asoex said.

The export volume of clementines is expected at 55,000MT, while mandarins are predicted to be 145,000MT.

Regarding lemons, 98,000MT is expected for this year, and oranges will maintain export numbers from last season, with shipments of 89,000MT

Ortúzar said that the favorable predictions are due to more rains in the central zone of Chile last year and the water reservoirs in Norte Chico.

U.S. is Main Market

The U.S. is the primary destination for Chilean citrus, receiving about 85 percent of total shipments. It is followed by the Far East and Europe, which account for about 9 percent and 3 percent, respectively.

After these markets, Canada, Latin America and the Middle East follow.

As for China, the market opened the doors to citrus last year with total shipments reaching 1,031MT of mandarins, 404MT of oranges, 46MT of clementines and 5,650MT of lemons.


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Strong Chilean Citrus Imports by U.S. Continue

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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.

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Big Rise is Forecast with Chilean Citrus Exports

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Chile is predicint an 8 percent increase in total citrus exports of 353,000 metric tons (MT) this season. Big increases in soft citrus volumes that more than offset expected declines in oranges is getting most of the credit for the overall rise.

The forecast calls for a 24 percent rise in mandarins, a 21 percent increase in clementines, flat lemons volumes, and a 13. percent decrease in orange exports.

The volume forecast for mandarins and clementines is 115,000MT and 61,000MT respectively. The year-on-year increase in volumes of both categories is due to new plantings made over the last 10 years.

An estimated 1463 acres have been planted annually and that the surface area is higher than 22,239 acres. Meanwhile, the decline in orange volumes to 87,000MT is due to a decline in surface area over recent years.

Many growers have been opting to either regraft or plant other crops. Lemon exports are expected to come in at 90,000MT.

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Strong Summer Citrus Imports are Seen

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DSCN7619Imports of Southern Hemisphere citrus continues to increase as American consumers are becoming more accustomed to purchasing citrus year-round.  Improving quality and taste are cited as factors.

As navel oranges, minneolas and clementines experience increasing volume from the Southern Hemisphere, it opens up the window for more sales of citrus.

Seedless easy peelers such as Murcotts, and the mandarin varieties continue to be the most popular items in produce departments.   Imported citrus primarily arrives at three major ports in the West (Long Beach), Southeast (Florida) and Northeast (Philadelphia), reducing logistic and distribution costs.

Chile’s first shipment of Navels to the U.S. — comprising 7,960 boxes arrived in early June, a earlier than in 2015.

Importers are very optimistic for the season ahead.  Total global citrus exports from Chile (Navels, easy peelers and lemons) rose by 30 percent last year, and estimates are that volume is expected to climb another 10 percent in 2016. While the largest increase is expected for easy peelers, projected Navel volumes are also slightly higher than 2016, 68,261 tons compared to 67,644 tons in 2015.

Easy peelers are clearly the up and comers in citrus, because not only are they a great-tasting, but are convenient to eat.

Though just 9.9 percent of the citrus volume sold, Mandarins represented 36.4 percent of dollar sales in the U.S. retail market for the year September 2014 to September 2015.  By comparison, oranges, which form 30 percent of the category volume, represented a lesser share — 29.2 percent — of the overall spent.

Through early June, Chilean citrus exports were at 25,906 tons (just over 1.6 million boxes), 80 percent of which were destined for the U.S.  Exports to the U.S. market through early June included 121 tons of Navels, 14,069 tons of clementines and 6,349 tons of lemons.

The period June-August is the primary season for Chilean lemons.  Of all the lemons entering the U.S. from the Southern Hemisphere, Chile had an astounding 95 percent market share last year, shipping nearly 34,000 tons to the U.S.  This year, Chile’s exports of lemons totaled 20,372 tons by mid June, up 104 percent from last season.  Out of this volume, 55 percent were destined for North America,

YTD volume shipped to the North American market is 119 percent greater than the same time in 2015.  Despite the initial increase in volume shipped to this market,  it is expected to slow down, as the total forecast of 60,000 tons is four percent less than last year’s volume of 62,196 tons.

Peru shipments are expected to start arriving the first week of July.

California citrus is nearly finished, opening the door for imports that will last from from July well into October.

South African clementines, Cara Caras and other varieties were beginning to arrive at U.S. ports.   However, while South African citrus exports were running early and had good volumes, the total imported this season could be less than in previous years due to weather conditions.

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WA Apple Shipments, Chilean Citrus Import Wrap Up

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001There have been nearly 19.6 million boxes of the 2015-16 crop of Washington apples shipped as of November 1st.   This represents 16.5 percent of the projected 118.4 million boxes of fruit harvested.  Meanwhile, Chilean citrus imports continue to grow.

The amount shipped thus far at this time a year ago is more than the 15.5 percent shipped at this point on the 2013 crop, which was of a similar size of 115 million boxes.  The harvest of the 2015-16 apple crop began earlier this year and progressed quickly.  The Washington apple shipping estimate is likely to change as growers get a firmer handle on the total crop size.

Washington apple shipments – grossing about $6800 to New York City.

Chilean Citrus Imports

Chile shipped nearly 204,000 tons of Navels, lemons and easy peelers (clementines and Mandarins) globally, with 165,000 tons, or 81 percent, coming to the United States and Canada between May and October 2015.

Total citrus exports from Chile climbed 30 percent over the previous season. Concerning global Chilean citrus exports, easy peelers represented 37 percent, oranges 33 percent and lemons 30 percent. The largest increase in terms of shipping volumes vs. last season corresponded to late Mandarins (57 percent), followed by lemons (43 percent), oranges (18 percent) and then clementines (11 percent).

The most impressive growth was with Mandarins, as North America volume skyrocketed to 42,124 tons from 27,354 tons — an increase of 54 percent.

Observers foresee 20 percent annual growth in combined volume of clementines and Mandarins for at least the next three years, so total volume will soon exceed 100,000 tons.

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