Chile suffers big drop in cherry export volume

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Chile suffers big drop in cherry export volume

Chile's cherry exports fell 27.3% in the 2012-13 season from the previous year, the Association of Chilean Fruit Exporters (ASOEX) reported.

The volume drop, down to 51.9 million tons (MT), came as a result of poor climatic conditions for spring pollination and fruit cerezas_53336629development. Winter also brought fewer cold hours, causing inconsistent sprouting.

During blooming, rains and low temperatures hurt fruit setting. Overall weather and climatic conditions caused a late harvest and low volume, reflected by weekly output beginning in week 43.

All import markets reported a fall in volume received. Asia took in 70.2% of exports, 16.7 percentage points below 2011-12. The U.S received 48.4% less than the previous season, at around 8,000 MT.

Europe imported 48.9% less at 3,000 MT, with the lowest participation in the last nine seasons. Latin American maintained 8% participation but total volume fell 30.1% to about 4,000 MT.

All cherry producing regions in the country reported a drop in exported volume. The main exporting region, Region VI (O'Higgins), sent out 22,700 MT for a 25.4% drop. The next highest exporting region, Region VII (Maule), sent out 22,000 MT for a 26.1% drop.

Self fertile varieties did the best with a 2.6% increase in Lapin output and an 18% increase in Santina output. The Sweetheart variety fell 43.3%. Bing fell 34.4% but continued to lead shipments with a 66% share.

84% of shipments went out by sea. Air shipments accounted for 16% of volume. Many shipments did not arrive in good  conditions, resulting in repackaging and unrecorded losses.

168 businesses exported for the season, compared to 206 the previous season.


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