MILAN – Brazil coffee exports rose in November, amid improved shipping conditions and higher Arabica supplies from the 2022/23 crop. According to figures from Cecafé, the country shipped 3,673,000 60-kg bags of all forms of coffee – a 14.2% increase compared to the same month of 2021. Green coffee exports rose by 19.2% to a total of 3,397,526 bags.
Arabica export rose by more than a quarter (+25.5%) to 3,298,531 bags, while Robusta exports fell sharply (-55.3%) to a mere 98,995 bags, due to a higher domestic demand. Sales of processed coffee (mostly instant coffee) were also down by 24.7% to 275,474 bags.
During the first 11 months of calendar year 2022, Brazil exported 36,057,444 bags, down 1.8% on year. Green coffee exports dropped 1.5% year-on-year to 32,622,974 bags.
Arabica shipments rose 5.8% to 31,188,954 bags. Robusta shipments were 60.3% down to 1,434,020 bags, compared to 3.6 million last year and 4.5 million two years ago.
Sales abroad of processed coffee fell 5.3% to 3,434,470 bags. Exports rose to most countries. Shipments to the US and Germany increased by 3.3% and 4.4% to 7.3 and 6.3 million bags. Exports to Italy, Belgium and Colombia rose by 18.6%, 11.8% and 52.5%.
Cecafe highlighted that logistical bottlenecks continue to affect shipments, which are still “far from normal conditions.”
“The logistical scenario has been evolving gradually in recent months… On the other hand, demand remains and large consumers continue to seek, in the largest producer and exporter in the world, the quality and diversity of our products, which respect socio-environmental criteria and meet the sustainability requirements of international markets”, said the president of Cecafé, Günter Häusler, in a note.
November is traditionally a strong month for coffee exports from Brazil.
Despite the strong growth compared to 2021, when the crop was affected by the weather, this year’s mark is still below the same month in 2020, when green grain shipments reached 4.4 million bags.