Rio de Janeiro, Oct 13 (EFE) .- Brazil, the world’s leading coffee producer and supplier, exported 3.1 million bags (60 kilos) of the bean in September, a volume 26.5% lower than that of the same month of last year, due to logistical problems in maritime trade, the sector’s employers’ association reported on Wednesday.
Despite the fall, billing increased a slight 0.5%, from 515.4 million dollars to 518.2 million dollars, according to the balance released by the Council of Coffee Exporters of Brazil (Cecafé) .
In the accumulated of the year, exports fell 4.1% compared to the first 9 months of 2020, while turnover increased 6% (4,172 million dollars).
According to the president of Cecafé, Nicolás Rueda, the drop in Brazilian shipments of grain is mainly due to logistical problems in the global maritime market, something that he explained affects the entire export segment.
“There are no changes in the scenario. We continue with intense disputes over containers and space on the ships, and we still face successive cancellations of reservations and extremely expensive freights,” he said.
Likewise, the Colombian-born executive pointed out that weather problems, especially frosts, have also affected grain crops in Brazil, an issue that “will weigh” on the productive potential of 2022.
Among the main destinations for Brazilian coffee, the United States continues as the main buyer, with 5.6 million bags purchased; followed by Germany (5.0 million), Belgium (2.0 million), Italy (2.0 million) and Japan (1.8 million).
Arabica coffee continues to lead foreign sales with 80.1%, followed by robusta (10.1 %%) and soluble (9.7%).
In 2020, the South American power exported 44.5 million bags, 9.4% more than in 2019 and a record number for the country, despite the pandemic.
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