Monday 29 May 2023

World coffee exports rose 2% to 10.9 million bags in January thanks to higher shipments of Other Milds

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MILAN – World coffee exports amounted to 10.9 million bags in January 2022, compared with 10.6 million in January 2021, up 2% on year, according to ICO‘s monthly data. Increased coffee exports were driven by higher volumes of Other Milds (+26.9%), while exports of Brazilian Naturals, Colombian Milds and Robustas were down by 5.1%, 1.4% and 0.6% respectively.

Shipments from Brazil and Colombia were down by 11.8% and 2.6%, to 3.2 and 1 million bags.

Most other origins recorded steep increases in exports. Vietnam shipped 2.8 million bags, up 4.8% from the same month last year. Exports from Indonesia and India rose by 6% and 34.4% respectively.

In Central America, Honduras, Guatemala and Nicaragua were up 8.8%, 3% and 6.6%.

Notable increases were also recorded by Mexico (+24.1%) and Peru (+183.9%).

In Africa, Ethiopia increased its exports by 54.3%, while exports from Uganda were 9.9% down on year.

Exports during the first four months of coffee year 2021/22 were 1.5% down compared with the equivalent period of 2020/21 to 41.84 million bags.

Among Arabicas, Other Milds were again the only group to perform better, with a 22.2% increase over last year; whereas Brazilian Naturals were 16.3% and Colombian Milds -9.6% down. Robustas recorded a positive trend driven mainly by Vietnam.

Brazil shipped 4 million bags less than last year (-22.9%), while Vietnam’s exports exceeded 9.2 million bags, up 17.5%. Colombian exports fell 7.1% to 4.35 million bags. In Asia, both Indonesia (+11.6%) and India (65.1%) rose strongly.

In Central America, all main producers recovered well from last year – Honduras was up 32.7%, Guatemala +22.3%, Nicaragua +20.6% and Costa Rica +89.8%.

Double figures increases were also recorded by Mexico (+15.5%) and Peru (+25.3%)

In Africa, both Uganda (+12.9%) and Ethiopia (+30%) are up on year.

In the twelve months ending January 2022, world coffee exports were slightly down (-0.4%) to 129,466,155 bags. Exports of Arabica totalled 80.7 million bags compared with 81.2 million bags last year; whereas Robusta exports amounted to 48.31 million bags compared with 48.3.

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