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Litchi: a limited summer season

  • Litchi: a limited summer season

    by Market Insider

    Thursday, 24 Oct. 2013

    In accordance with the trend already observed in previous seasons litchi sales in the summer period prove more difficult every year; whether or not high volumes are available, litchis are struggling to make money during the European summer when seasonal fruits represent the bulk of demand.

    The Thai season, beginning in early May, finished in mid-June for air-transported fruits; sea shipments only prolonged the market period until mid-July confirming the shortening of the season which a few years ago extended practically until the end of August.

    Rates on the Dutch market, the main recipient of Thai Iitchis, went down from 10.00 to 7.50 Euros/kg for air-transported produce. They were higher for sea-transported fruits, rising from 4.50 Euros/kg in the early season to 6.50 Euros/kg at the end when the supply was dwindling. Distribution to other European markets remained limited.

    Israeli litchis appeared fairly early in mid-July. They fed the European market until September, sold on a basis of 4.00 to 5.00 Euros/kg, first the Mauritius variety, then No Mai Chi and finally Yellow Red. Throughout this period, the European market traders emphasised the limited shipments, but also the lack of interest from customers.

    Besides these two conventional sources, some batches from China and Mexico were also offered between the second half of June and the first half of July. Rates of between 5.00 and 7.50 Euros/kg were charged for these products, whose fleeting appearance on the markets really does represent the lack of demand for them.

    Source: Fruitrop


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