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Imports: Peruvian Grapes to Bounce Back; Drop in South African Fruit Imports is Seen

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GrapesSAPeruvian table grapes at the start season earlier this year was delayed due the effects of El Nino, but a comeback is seen…..From South Africa, fruit imports are expected to be less.

While Peruvian grape exports declined about 10 percent due to the weather, the country is expected to rebound.  Table grapes are Peru’s number one agricultural export, and it is estimated the country’s 2017-18 production to be 638,000 metric tons, compared to 605,000 metric tons the past season. Exports are forecast at 380,000 metric tons, a jump from the 300,000 metric tons in 2016-17 season.

Rising demand, better yielding varieties and more acreage are the primary reason for increasing volume.

The U.S. is the largest import market for Peruvian grapes, followed by the Netherlands and China.

 South African Imports

Drought and low water levels in reservoirs in the Western Cape region of South Africa are expected to cut exports for the 2017-18 season.

The Western Cape region accounts for the biggest volume of deciduous fruits in South Africa, though the Northern Cape, Eastern Cape, and Limpopo provinces have gained in importance in the last two decades.

Grape Shipments

South African table grape exports for the 2017-18 season will drop 15 percent to 258,000 metric tons, due to a decrease in area harvested and small fruit size in the Western Cape growing areas.  However, normal production and growing conditions are expected in the Orange River growing regions.

South African grapes typically are shipped from October to May, with the first grapes coming from the Northern Cape Region and the season ending with the Hex River Valley.  The U.S. and Canadian markets have increased imports of South African grapes the past few years, but still accounted for only 3 percent of total exports last season. The European Union takes about 75 percent of South Africa’s fresh grape exports.

Apples and pears

2017-18 apple exports from South Africa are forecast to decline 5 percent to 500,000 metric tons due to reduced harvest area, smaller fruit size and limited irrigation water.  Africa takes about 40 percent of South Africa’s apple exports, followed by the European Union with 30 percent and Asia with 19 percent.  Only light volumes are shipped to the U.S.

Meanwhile, South Africa pear exports in 2017-18 are projected at 250,000 metric tons, down 3 percent from the previous year. About half of South Africa’s pear exports are shipped to Europe, with typically about 1,000 metric tons or less destined to the U.S. market.

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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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Import Update: Items Arriving at Ports on Both Coasts

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DSCN0413+1Here’s an update on imported items arriving at ports on both the East Coast and West Coast of the United States.

Chilean avocado production this season is expected to increase a whopping 45 percent, estimated at 390 million pounds.  Of this total, it’s estimate 100 million pounds will be exported to the United States, a significant increase over a year ago.   For the 2014-15 marketing season, Chile had a total volume of 260 million pounds.  Chilean avocados should start arriving at U.S. ports by September, with the best volume coming in by early October and continuing through March.

Chilean avocado imports have always had a strong following on the West Coast so volumes to this region are typically higher, although arrivals will occur at ports on both coasts.

Port of Long Beach imports, plus Southern California citrus, avocados, tomatoes – grossing about $4600 to Chicago.

South African Imports

Citrus imports from South Africa, as well as from Peru, are arriving in light to moderate volume, primarily at the Port of Philadelphia.  Items range from clementines to oranges, tangelos and tangerines.

Avocado Imports

There is good volume with Chilean avocado imports arriving on both coasts, such as the Port of Long Beach and Port of Philadelphia.

South Florida Imports

There’s a lot of different imported produce items arriving at South Florida ports.  However it is pretty light with commodities ranging from ginger to chayote, malanga blanca (yam) and clabaza (a large winter squash), among others.


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California Spring Produce Shipments are Increasing; South African Imports on the Rise

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GAtks0314 008Most California strawberry shipments are originating out of Southern California, primarily Ventura County and Orange County.  Very light volume is coming out of Santa Maria, while initial shipments from the Salinas/Watsonville District could get underway in late April.

Look for the first domestic table grape shipments in the United States to get underway out of the Coachella Valley in early May.  However, it will probably be the third week of May before there is good volume.

Stone fruit shipments out of the San Joaquin Valley are on track to start in very light volume in early to mid May.

Meanwhile, Salinas Valley vegetable shipments continue to build in volume led by lettuce, broccoli and cauliflower, with dozens of other items in the mix as well.

Salinas Valley produce – grossing about $7000 to New York City.

Southern California strawberries and citrus – grossing about $4500 to Chicago.

South African Imports

South Africa began exports  of citrus to the U.S. 15 years. ago.   Imports will once again soon be arriving at American ports.

Exports of oranges from South Africa to the United States hit a new record in 2013, with over 39,000 metric tons. This is a 25 percent increase in quantity compared to 2009 and nearly an 800 percent increase since the program started in 1999.

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