Brazil fruit exports up 10.7pc in first nine months of 2020
BRAZILIAN fruit exports saw a 10
BRAZILIAN fruit exports saw a 10.7 per cent year-on-year increase during the first nine months of 2020, reports Netherlands-based Fresh Plaza.
In 2020, Brazil was the largest exporter of fruit on the east coast of South America, exporting 52 per cent of the total, followed by Argentina, exporting 41 per cent, and Uruguay, exporting seven per cent. Brazil also leads fruit imports, importing 86 per cent of all fruit imported for the region, followed by Argentina, importing nine per cent, and Uruguay, importing six per cent.
Despite this, the amount of fruit exported by Brazil in 2020 is much higher than imports: 46,767 TEU exported against 8,217 TEU imported.
The Netherlands was the main destination for Brazilian fruit between January and September 2020, with a nine per cent growth in comparison with the same period in 2019.
In second place is the United Kingdom, which increased its imports in 2020 by 14 per cent. The biggest increase, however, is in the volume exported to Russia, which was 169 per cent more than in 2019.
This was followed by France, whose imports grew 145 per cent over year-ago levels. On the opposite side, exports to Saudi Arabia fell 68 per cent and exports to Ukraine fell 59 per cent compared to 2019.
The melon, watermelon, and papaya category was the busiest fruit category during the period, increasing by 16 per cent in relation to January to September 2019. Brazil signed an agreement with China at the end of 2019 that permitted the export of melon to the Asian country.
In return, the Chinese were able to sell pears to the Brazilian market. The acts were signed after the bilateral meeting of Presidents Jair Bolsonaro and Xi Jinping, within the XI BRICS Summit, in Brasilia. The melon export agreement is symbolic, as it is the first understanding with China regarding fruit.