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Coffee Exports From Brazil Reach 34 Million Bags In the Crop Year and Signal A Historic Record

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In April of this year, Brazil exported a total of 2.9 million bags of coffee, considering the sum of green, soluble and roasted & ground coffee, with exchange revenue of US $370.43 million. The volume represented a growth of 25% over the same month of April last year, while revenue increased by 1%. In the same comparison, the average price of the coffee bag in April, which was US $124.47/bag, showed a decrease of 19%. The data are from Cecafé – Coffee Exporters Council of Brazil.

In relation to the varieties shipped in the month, Arabica coffee accounted for 84.7% of the total export volume, equivalent to 2.5 million bags. Soluble coffee accounted for 8.7% of exports, with 258 thousand bags exported, while coffee conilon (robusta) reached a 6.6% share, with 197 thousand bags being shipped. Arabica and conilon coffee exports grew by 24.3% and 238.6%, respectively, in relation to April last year. Exports of soluble coffee dropped by 15% on the same basis.

“The performance of Brazilian coffee exports remains strong, maintaining good results for April. The highlight of the month is for increased exports to the five largest importing countries, expanding Brazil’s market share. As we have been following since the beginning of the year, everything indicates that this crop year is historical, confirming the efficiency with which the country meets the demand and demands of its consumers in terms of both quality and sustainability,” said Nelson Carvalhaes, president of Cecafé.

Taking into account the first four months of this year (January to April), Brazilian coffee exports were 13 million bags, an increase of 26.8% over the same period last year. Foreign exchange revenue, in this case, was US $1.7 billion, also showing an increase of 3.5% over last year.

With regard to Brazilian coffee exports in the 2018/2019 crop year (July/18 to Apr/19), Brazil has exported 34 million bags in the accumulated period so far, an increase of 30.4% over the same comparative base of the previous year, when the country shipped 26.1 million bags.

Also in the 2018/2019 harvest period, the best performance in arabica coffee shipments in the last 5 years stands out, reaching 28.2 million bags and registering an increase of 23.4% compared to the previous comparative base.

Among the top ten Brazilian coffee destinations in the calendar year (Jan-Apr) are the United States, which imported 2.4 million bags of coffee (18.4% of the total shipped in the month by Brazil). The second main destination is Germany, with 2.2 million bags imported (16.8% of the total share in the period). Italy was third, with 1.3 million bags (10%).

The other main destinations were: Japan, with 1 million bags (7.7%); Belgium, with 730 thousand bags (5.6%); Turkey, with 435 thousand bags (3.3%); United Kingdom, with 395 thousand bags (3%); Russian Federation, with 329 thousand bags (2.5%); France, with 307 thousand bags (2.3%); and Canada, with 300 thousand bags (2.3%).

Another important point to note was that Brazilian coffee exports to all major destinations registered growth, comparing the volume exported from January April of this year with the volume exported in the same period last year. The four of the ten lists that register the greatest increase in Brazilian coffee imports were, in the order: United Kingdom (54% growth); Turkey (45%); Japan (37%) and the USA (36%).

Regarding differentiated coffees (those with superior quality or some type of certificate of sustainable practices), Brazil exported 2.5 million bags from January to April, 19.5% of the total volume of coffee shipped in the period and an increase of 43.4% in relation to the volume of differentiated coffees exported from January to April 2018. Exchange income, in this case, was US $416 million, representing 24.6% of the total export value in the year- civil society of 2019.

The main destinations for differentiated coffees were the USA, which imported 580 thousand bags (22.7% of the total volume shipped in the calendar year), followed by Germany, with 351 thousand bags (13.8%) and Japan, with 349 bags thousand bags (13.7%).

Following are: Belgium, with 247 thousand bags (9.7%); Italy, with 191 thousand bags (7.5%); Canada, with 112 thousand bags (4.4%); Sweden, with 77 thousand bags (3%); United Kingdom, with 70,000 bags (2.8%); Netherlands, with 52 thousand bags (2%) and Finland, with 46 thousand bags (1.8%).

The Port of Santos continues to lead the majority of exports in the civil year of 2019, with 79.9% of the total volume exported from it (equivalent to 10.5 million bags). Second is the port of Rio de Janeiro, with 12% of shipments (1.6 million bags).