Brazil Coffee Exports Dropped 38.6% in November, Shipping Delays to Continue

SALUTE PAULO— Brazilian coffee exports fell sharply in November as logistical constraints limited producers’ ability to ship internationally, a situation that is expected to persist into next year, according to exporters group Cecafe.

Cecafe reported Friday that the South American country exported 2.9 million 132-pound bags of coffee last month, down 38.6 percent from the same month a year ago. Exports of arabica coffee fell 41.5 percent to 2.4 million bags, while robusta coffee exports fell 44.4 percent to 186,081 bags.

Cecafe reported that exports of ground, roast, and soluble coffee increased by 0.1 percent to 355,325 bags.

For months, manufacturers and shippers of other goods have struggled to maintain regular supply operations due to disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Long wait times for loading and unloading at many ports complicate efforts to deliver shipments on time.

“We continue to face a dispute over containers and ship space as a result of booking cancellations, cargo rollovers, and exorbitant freight charges,” Cecafe President Nicolas Rueda stated.

“This scenario is concerning because industry experts believe it will extend into 2022 as a result of the large volume of agricultural products accumulated in Brazil’s ports, affecting the performance of our shipments,” Mr. Rueda said.

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