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Walnuts: hit and miss exports

June 20, 2024 at 11:06 AM , Der AUDITOR
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FOLSOM. Although exports continued strong in May, they failed to compensate for the downturn in domestic shipments as the latest shipment report issued by the California Walnut Board shows.

Strong demand in Turkey and Europe

While monthly domestic shipments range at a lower 170,000 pounds for inshell walnuts and at a lower 19.5 million pounds for shelled walnuts as compared with May 2023, exports climbed to 11.2 million pounds for inshell walnuts and to 28 million pounds for shelled walnuts. Yet, the inshell walnut shipments only reached 11.4 million pounds in May, which is down on the 11.8 million pounds recorded in may 2023 and shelled walnut shipments only reached 47.4 million pounds as opposed to 53.7 million pounds.

Total shipments, however, speak of a strong season. Domestic inshell shipments range a bit higher than last year at 10.1 million pounds for September 2023 through to May 2024 as compared with the same period in 2022/2023 and domestic shelled walnut shipment are clearly up at 202.4 million pounds. Inshell exports have surged to 301.8 million pounds and shelled walnut exports to 280 million pounds. The US have shipped a total of 311.9 million pounds of inshell walnuts and a total of 483 million pounds of shelled walnuts this season so far. Combined shipments thereby range 23% higher than last year at 795 million pounds. The three leading export destinations, Turkey, Germany and Italy are showing double digit rises, which is also the case for Italy and Spain. Contrary to this, shipments to Japan have slumped by 30%. Japan is, in fact, the only country featuring in the top ten to which exports have declined.

US walnut shipments, inshell and shelled (in 1,000 pounds)

Destination

2022/23

2023/24

Diff.

USA

192,497

212,546

10.4%

Turkey

84,826

124,651

46.9%

Germany

54,402

69,664

28.0%

Italy

28,713

49,379

72.0%

Spain

28,560

42,333

48.2%

UAE

51,725

36,098

-30.2%

Japan

31,628

32,871

3.9%

Korea

25,598

31,910

24.6%

India

10,317

24,647

138.9%

Netherlands

16,980

22,239

31.0%

UK

10,722

16,158

50.7%

Others

108,140

132,449

22.5%

Total

644,108

794,945

23.4%

California Walnut Board, 01/09-31/05

 

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