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First Chilean lemons sent to Asia and U.S.


Overview of the Chilean lemon exports, complemented by charts from Agronometrics.


Original published in FreshFruitPortal.com on June 04, 2021 

The first Chilean lemons of the season have been sent to international markets, with Asia receiving the majority and the rest destined for North America.

The lemon harvests began in week 15 with the Messina, Eureka and Génova varieties, and the first exports were sent in week 19, according to the Citrus Committee of Asoex.

As of week 21, a total of 4,029 metric tons (MT) had been exported with two-thirds going to the Far East and one-third to the U.S.

Volumes (in Kg) of lemons from Chile in the US Market
Source: USDA Market News via Agronometrics.
(Agronometrics users can view this chart with live updates here)

In the Far East, the vast majority have been sent to Japan, with smaller volumes going to South Korea and China.

As of week 21, exports are 16 percent higher year-on-year.

This season, Chile's lemon exports are forecast to grow by 3 percent to reach 98,000MT.

Chile has 22,000 hectares of citrus planted, in the IV and VI regions, with one-third of this hectarage corresponding to lemons.

The News in Charts is a collection of stories from the industry complemented by charts from Agronometrics to help better tell their story.

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