NEW YORK: Brazilian exports of inexperienced espresso fell 29% in September in contrast with a 12 months earlier, to 2.74 million 60-kg baggage, exporters affiliation Cecafe mentioned on Wednesday, as transport difficulties continued to hamper the commodity’s movement.
Cecafe’s head, Nicolas Rueda, mentioned there was no change relating to transport, with exporters struggling to get bookings for containers and vessels, in addition to going through frequent loading postponements from transport firms.
“There’s intense competitors amongst exporters to safe containers and to ebook loadings. And it’s all very pricey,” Rueda said in a statement, adding that the situation is testing the planning capacity of exporters.
He said importers in the main consuming countries such as the United States, Brazil’s top client for coffee, are suffering as well, having to manage the disruptions in the supply chain.
Brazilian exports of arabica coffee, the milder variety, fell 24% to 2.42 million bags, while shipments of robusta coffee, the type used in blends and by the instant coffee industry, fell 51% to only 326,045 bags.
There is strong demand for robusta coffee in the Brazilian domestic market as roasters increase the use of that coffee in their blends since arabica prices have jumped to all-time highs after the frosts in July.
Beyond being the world’s largest coffee exporter, Brazil is the second largest consumer of the beverage behind the United States.
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