MILAN – World coffee exports reached a new high of 129.8 million bags in calendar year 2019, according to Ico’s monthly data released on Monday. This is a 7 million bags increase (+5.8%) over the previous year. Exports of Arabica totalled 82.75 million bags, up 6.5% from 77.67 million bags last year; whereas Robusta exports amounted to 47.08 million bags, up 4.5% from 45.07 million bags.
In December, world coffee exports rose slightly on year (+0.3%) to 10.296 million bags reversing a negative trend seen in October and November.
Arabica exports were 13% down reflecting an off-year in the Brazilian biennial cycle as well as problems in some Latin American countries.
Brazilian Naturals and Other Milds fell 22.7 and 6.8% respectively, while Colombian Milds recorded a 6.1% increase in shipments.
Robusta exports rose by 27.8% to 4.258 million bags boosted by a strong rebound in Vietnam’s exports.
World coffee exports went down during the first quarter of CY 2019/20
According to the Ico, world coffee exports during the first quarter of coffee year 2019/20 were 5.8% down to 29.012 million bags.
Arabica exports amounted to 18.283 million bags, down 10.1% on year. Brazilian Naturals and Other Milds were both down by 13.3% and 13.8% respectively, while exports of Colombian Milds rose by 3.7%.
Robusta exports were up 2.7% to 10.729 million bags.
Exports from Brazil went down to 9.940 million bags (-14.4%). Despite a strong recovery in December, Vietnam’s exports were still down by 10.7% on year to 6.05 million bags.
Shipments from Colombia rose 7.7%, Indonesia saw a whopping 119.2% increase over the previous year. Exports from India rose slightly (+0.5%). Exportations from Honduras and Mexico were down 8.3% and 15.3% respectively, while those from Guatemala and Nicaragua rose by 9.7% and 7.1%.
Exports from Peru fell by almost a fifth (-19.7%). Shipments from Uganda and Ethiopia, Africa’s main exporters, were up 6.7% and 14.9% respectively.