Citrus exports


Citrus exports from the southern hemisphere are expected to be 6 percent higher than last year. This will be 11 percent higher than the average export volume of the southern hemisphere in the last five years. According to figures released by the Southern Hemisphere Association of Southern Fruit Exporters (SHAFFE) and distributed by the Citrus Producers Association of South Africa, orange constitutes the bulk of citrus exports at 1.5 million tonnes. This will increase by 7.5 percent over the previous year.
Lemon shipments have grown by 2 percent in 2016 to almost 620,000 tonnes, while mandarin has increased by 4 percent. Grapefruit is practically supplied by South Africa and shows almost a 14 percent increase.
South Africa accounts for 63 percent of citrus exports from the southern hemisphere. The fall of navel orange will have an impact on the export of South African citrus. According to SHAFFE, mandarin is the most competitive citrus in the sector. South Africa, with almost 200,000 tons, accounts for 36 per cent of the supply in the southern hemisphere.
On the other hand, Argentina is expected to suffer a recess in shipments of citrus. The lemon (260,000 tons) represents the category of more weight in Argentina although it will suffer a fall of 7 percent compared to 2016. Orange fell by 31 percent, while mandarin by 33 percent.
Chilean exports will increase by 3.5 percent due to a 13 percent increase in tangerine exports, but lemon will fall by 5 percent.


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