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Prunes: China and Germany are main buyers

December 7, 2023 at 3:32 PM , Der AUDITOR
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SANTIAGO. China, Germany and Mexico account for around 45% of Chilean prune exports. Alongside China, Europe is by far the most important buyer region.

China receives a quarter of shipments

Chile is one of the most important prune producers in the world and serves the largest share of the export market. Between January and October 2023, the country exported a total of 57,816 mt of prunes to 79 countries. China is by far the most important sales market this year, with more than a quarter of shipments - 15,188 mt - going to the East Asian country. With the exception of the first quarter, the majority of monthly prune exports from Chile went to China. Germany and Mexico each accounted for a good 9% of Chilean exports with 5,425 mt and 5,347 mt respectively. They are followed by Poland (7%), Spain (5%) and Italy (4%), with Poland also acting primarily as a re-exporter for neighbouring countries. Russia and the Netherlands did not make it into the top 10, but each imported more than 1,000 mt of prunes this year.

Meanwhile, prices for larger prunes from Chile have fallen slightly, while medium sizes such as 50/60 and 60/70 have been largely sold off by local suppliers, as the experts at Catz report that there are only small quantities left on the open market. The new crop will come onto the market in February/March 2024, but it is still too early to make any reliable statements about this.

2023 prune exports, Chile

Destination

mt

Share in %

China

15,188

26.3

Germany

5,425

9.4

Mexico

5,347

9.2

Poland

4,214

7.3

Spain

2,596

4.5

Italy

2,377

4.1

UK

2,311

4.0

USA

1,862

3.2

Australia

1,523

2.6

Turkey

1,371

2.4

Others

15,603

27.0

Total

57,816

100.0

Custom statistics Aduana, Jan-Oct

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