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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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Chile, South Africa Citrus Imports Looking Good

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mandarinasChilean citrus imports, primarily  through ports at Philadelphia and Los Angeles will be good in June or July, although heaviest imports will occur from mid-August through October with mandarins and navels.  South African imports also look good.

Mandarin volume from Chile is expected to be up 39% over last year to 63,267 tons.

That growth will fuel the second half of Chile’s easy peeler export season, which starts in late August.

Clementines, which most retailers start seeing in May, are estimated to be up 13% to 32,816 tons.

Clementines and lemons from the South American nation started about three weeks earlier than last year. Up to the week of May 2, Chile had shipped 102,000 boxes of clementines to the U.S.

In 2015, exports of all citrus items to North America reached record levels of 165,000 tons, or about 81% of all exports.

In easy peelers, Chile surpassed 55% market share last year in the U.S.

Easy peeler volume from Chile should continue to see double-digit growth.  Last year, it was estimated that combined clementine and mandarin volume would reach 100,000 tons over the next few years, and the estimate for this year is already very close to that.  The Citrus Committee’s official 2016 estimate for easy peelers exceeds 96,000 tons.

Total global citrus exports from Chile climbed 30% in 2015, with the largest increase, 57%, attributed to mandarins.

Imported citrus at Long Beach – grossing about $3700 to Dallas.

South African Imports

The initial container vessel of the season with South African clementines arrived in the U.S. on May 18, two weeks ahead on maturity compared to last year.

South African clementines are expected to peak in June and early July, right around the Independence Day weekend.  The season shkould finish a little early due to early maturity.  First navel shipments are expected to arrive June 25th with peak volumes hitting the market in July and August.

South African citrus is available from late May through October.  This is a good time frame as it contra-season to the domestic citrus seasons in California, Florida and Texas.
Here is an overview of availability of South African citrus varieties:
• Clementines: late May-  July
• Navels: July – September
• Midknights: late September through October
• Late season mandarins: late August through Mid- October

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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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