World coffee exports up 2.6 pct year-on-year in Jan 2019 , says ICO

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World coffee exports amounted to 11.06 million bags (184,314 metric tons), in January, up 2.6% higher from January 2018, the International Coffee Organization (ICO) said in a report, adding that shipments of Brazilian Naturals, Colombian Milds and Robusta rose by 12.8% to 3.51 million bags, 14.5% to 1.31 million bags and 3.2% to 4.43 million bags, respectively.

However, exports of Other Milds fell by 18.9% to 1.81 million bags. In the first four months of 2018/19, total exports grew by 6.6% to 41.96 million bags. Exports of all types, except for Other Milds, increased compared to the first four months of 2017/18. Shipments of Brazilian Naturals rose by 19% to 15.21 million bags, while Colombian Milds grew by 7.3% to 5.28 million bags. Robusta exports increased by 4.1% to 14.7 million bags. In contrast, shipments of Other Milds fell by 10.1% to 6.77 million bags, the ICO said.

Exports from Africa rose by 1.2% to 948,870 bags in January 2019 and by 5.8% to 4 million bags in the first four months of coffee year 2018/19.

Uganda is the largest exporter in the region, though its shipments declined by 8.8% to 1.47 million bags in October 2018 to January 2019. Ethiopia is the region’s largest producer, but second largest exporter due to significant domestic consumption of coffee. In the first four months of 2018/19, its exports decreased by 8.9% to 1 million bags. However, growth in exports from Côte d’Ivoire and Tanzania have offset these declines.

Shipments from Asia & Oceania decreased by 0.9% to 4.17 million bags in January 2019 and by 2.8% to 13.21 million bags in the first four months of coffee year 2018/19, ICO said in the report.

Exports from Vietnam, the region’s largest exporter and the world’s second largest, were estimated estimated 6.1% higher at 9.5 million bags in the first four months of 2018/19. However, shipments from Indonesia and India decreased by 27.6% to 1.7 million and by 19% to 1.54 million bags, respectively. P

According to the ICO, exports from Central America & Mexico fell by 23.7% to 1.18 million bags in January 2019 and by 13.7% to 3.15 million bags in the first four months of coffee year 2018/19.

Honduras is the region’s largest exporter and the world’s 8th largest. In October 2018 to January 2019, it shipped 1.19 million bags, a decrease of 22.4% compared to last year. Exports from Mexico are estimated to have decreased by 7.7% to 850,000 bags.

Shipments from South America grew by 16.4% to 4.76 million bags in January 2019 and by 17.9% to 21.6 million bags in the first four months of coffee year 2018/19, the ICO said.

Brazil’s exports are 26.8% higher at 14.73 million bags in October 2018 to January 2019. However, shipments are slowing as Brazil nears the end of its 2018/19 crop year with exports reaching 3.29 million bags in January 2019 compared to an average of 3.81 million bags in October to December 2018.

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