The sharp increase compares to a 3% rise in total exports during the 2018 season that ran from January through June. Returns to exports rose by the same level to AUD$384.7 million (US$272 million).
Australian Table Grape Association chief executive Jeff Scott said 10,882 metric tons (MT) were shipped to Japan this year, accounting for almost 10 percent of all offshore sales.
The increasing demand in Japan follows investments in promotional events in Japan and Korea before the season kicked off in early January.
“We’ve been doing a lot of work in Japan in terms of gaining market share,” Scott was quoted as saying.
“It’s a very mature market that recognises good quality and is prepared to pay for it. Korea is another market we’ve been working on and where exports have increased quite significantly.”
China remains Australia’s strongest export market for table grapes, taking 41,668MT, or 38 percent, while Indonesia is the second biggest market, accounting for almost 15 percent of market share with 16,149MT.
Scott said there was an annual trend of 8 per cent growth across all export markets over the past five years.