SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Brazilian coffee shipments hit a record 44.5 million 60 kg bags in 2020, considering the sum of green, soluble and roasted & ground products, informed the Council of Coffee Exporters in Brazil (Cecafé ) on Monday, with performance driven by heated demand despite the pandemic and a favorable dollar for sales.
The president of Cecafé, Nelson Carvalhaes, stressed that the trend indicates continuity at a steady pace of exports, but the effects of the downturn in culture and the long drought that occurred last year will come, which will still be evaluated.
"We still have enough coffee to serve the markets ... Brazil will continue shipping as much as possible ... (but) it is important to wait for February and March to have a safer number (on stocks and harvest)," he said to journalists during an event broadcast over the internet.
Compared to 2019, the result of shipments in 2020 represents an increase of 9.4%. Of the total volume shipped, 40.4 million bags were green coffee, an increase of 10.2% compared to the previous year.
Green coffees are composed of Arabica beans, whose exports totaled 35.5 million bags last year, up 8.4% from 2019 and a historic record for this variety, and robust .
Shipments of the robusta variety (conilon) reached 4.9 million bags, an increase of 24.3% and also the highest volume shipped in history, Cecafé said.
Soluble coffee exports were 4.1 million bags, up 2.4% and a record volume of industrialized product, according to data from the council.
"Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we are going through a challenging period and, at the same time, we had one of the biggest harvests and concluded with an export of 44.5 million bags, breaking a historical record", said the entity's president .
According to Cecafé, there was a change in the dynamics of consumption of the drink imposed by the outbreak of the new coronavirus in the world, which caused the population to stop visiting coffee shops, "but people did not stop drinking coffee", he said, considering that, in addition to home consumption, new sales modalities, such as online, also advanced.
As for the second wave of the pandemic, which triggered new lockdowns in several countries, Carvalhaes said that consumer behavior will be assessed.
"Domestic consumption (in the home) should remain firm and strong, but the out-of-home will continue to suffer from these lockdowns, especially in Europe," warned the president.
Among buyers, the United States remained the main destination for Brazilian coffee, with 8.1 million bags exported to the country (equivalent to 18.3% of total exports last year).
The second largest destination was Germany, with 7.6 million (17.1%) and, in third place, Belgium, with 3.7 million (8.4%).
"In the two continents most affected by Covid-19, Europe and North America, Brazil showed growth in exports ... of 8.8% and 3.8%, respectively," he pointed out.
Foreign exchange revenue from coffee exports last year reached 5.6 billion dollars, an increase of 10.3% in relation to 2019 and equivalent to 29 billion reais, representing an increase of 44.1% in the conversion into local currency, said Cecafé with emphasis on the importance of the exchange rate in increasing results.
As a result, the council stated that the sector had a 5.6% share in agribusiness exports and 2.7% in the country's total shipments. The average price of the bag in the year was 126.52 dollars.
"Brazil is the country that passes the price over to the producer, all the gains that are made on exports, most of it goes to the producer. Showing records means extra revenue for the producer," said the organization.
Also according to Cecafé, in December Brazil exported 4.3 million bags of coffee to the world, given that it also represents a historical record in volume exported for the month, in addition to the 38.6% increase in the annual comparison.
The foreign exchange revenue generated in the period was 541 million dollars, an increase of 37.1% and equivalent to 2.8 billion reais, representing an increase of 71.7% in the conversion into reais.
Green coffee exports totaled 3.9 million bags (+ 41.8% compared to December 2019), with 3.5 million bags of arabica coffee (+ 46.3%) and 381 thousand bags of robusta (+10.1 %). Industrialized coffees corresponded to 353.1 thousand bags shipped (+ 11.3%), with 352 thousand bags of soluble coffee (+ 11.5%).
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