La lettre du litchi 2008-2009
LA LETTRE DU LITCHI - Semaine N° 52/09 - 21 au 24 décembre 2009
|South Africa (s)||4.00||-||-||3.25||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
Price in Euros per kg - (b) : on stem/fresh ; (s) : +SO2 (Indicative and average price given by operators most representative of the industry for fruits of satisfactory quality)
SUMMARY OF ARRIVALS BY SEA
|INCOMING TONNAGES||FORECASTED TONNAGES|
|Tamatave 19/11||Seal Rickmers*||14-15/12 Zee||140||Tamatave||Varso*||Zee 28-29/12|
|Tamatave 30/11||Ipanema*||Fos 14/12||4 300||Afrique du Sud||Dal Kalahari||Rot sem 53||360|
|Tamatave 26/11||Ludwig Schutle*||22/12 Zee||1 200|
|Tamatave 2/12||Hansa Bremen||Hansa Brenem||6 500|
|Litchis unloaded from the Hansa Bremen. Satisfactory quality of the fruits, with
differences in size and sometimes with high coloured fruits.
This week was marked by the arrival of the
second important ship from Madagascar,
allowing the marketing campaign to continue on the
different European markets. The time passed between
the marketing of the first ship that arrived at
Fos-Marseilles on the 14th December, that was sold
rapidly thanks to the programmes that were organised
with supermarket chains, and the arrival of the second
vessel at Genoa on December 18th created a drop in
supplies. This slack in supplies helped in maintaining
prices at a sustained level not achieved since several
campaigns. The « Hans Bremen » docked at Genoa
on Friday 18th. Unloading operations were done under
bad weather conditions. The strong snow falls in the
North of Italy delayed unloading operations while the
market was eager for litchis and that the marketing
period before Christmas was very short. It was only
until Saturday 19th in the morning that the first litchis
from the « Hansa Bremen » were unloaded once the
snow had been cleared from the dock. The low rhythm
of unloading procedures created a delay in deliveries.
The first trucks of litchis only left the port in the night of
December 19th. Logistic problems considerably delayed
the deliveries expected helping in maintaining
the good level of prices. The litchi cargo of the « Hansa Bremen » was deemed satisfactory. Fruits
are small in size but are of good taste.
The marketing of the rest of the fruits from the « Hansa
Bremen » might well be done in much worse conditions.
Already at the end of the week prices for litchis
from Madagascar were on a down trend.
In addition the first containers from South Africa were
received in Rotterdam at the beginning of the week.
The small supplies and the better size of fruits from
that origin allow their selling price to be higher than
those done for litchis from Madagascar.
Estimate of incoming volumes
Germany : The important delays in deliveries due to
the late arrival at Genoa as well as logistic problems
related to trucks have hindered the marketing of fruits
from Madagascar. The limited volumes of fruits available
helped in stabilising prices all along the week.
Belgium : Fruits from Madagascar were sold on a regular base accordingly to supplies arriving from Genoa. At the same time, some container fruits from South Africa were also put on the market. Prices for these latter were better mainly because of the size of the fruits that were more regular. At the beginning of the week, small lots of “air freighted” fruits from South Africa managed to sell well taking advantage of the weakness of supplies created by the delay of fruits from Madagascar.
Spain : No Information on the market this week.
France : Prices for litchis from Madagascar remained stable this week mainly due to limited supplies of fruits from the conventional vessel that docked in Genoa. The bad weather conditions in Italy and in France (important snow falls) considerably affected unloading operations as well as truck deliveries in different European markets. Thus litchis sales were good because of the limited supplies. However marketing of fruits became more complicated at the end of the week. In addition, limited promotion operations with certain supermarket chains created a certain tension, marketing wise, with prices that were on a down trend (selling prices at retail level between 1.75€ and 1.99€/kg). The wholesale markets also reacted because they were insufficiently supplied the days before Christmas. Considering the possible drop of the demand, prices should continue to be on a down trend next week. Several operators think that for the coming week, prices should drop below the 2.00€/kg mark.
The low supplies of « air freighted » on stem litchis following troubles in air transport as well as a reduction of supplies in producing countries had a stabilising effect on prices that were more firm. The limited volumes of « sea freighted » fruits available on the wholesale markets also favoured this trend.
|Unloading of « Hansa Bremen » at Genoa||« Sea freighted » litchis from South Africa of size
XL. Not of very attractive colour.
Italy : At the beginning of the week, the demand that
was rather active dropped at the end of the week.
Prices for litchis from Madagascar are around 2.30€/
kg for sales done in supermarkets and at a higher
level (2.70€-2.75€/kg) for sales done on the wholesale
Netherlands : Rather regular sales for litchis from Madagascar available in volumes less important than forecasted.
United Kingdom : Rather quiet market. Supplies of litchis are increasing with the arrival of “sea freighted supplies from Madagascar. Fruits received are deemed of satisfactory quality which helps in improving sales. The delay in the deliveries of litchis from South Africa contributes to stabilising prices of fruits from Madagascar. These fruits are sold on the wholesale market on the basis of 2.20€-2.50€/kg. The residual lots of “air freighted” fruits from South Africa are difficult to sell considering the competition from less expensive “sea freighted” fruits.
Exchange rates (December 2009) :
|United Kingdom||0.9091 GBP|
|Madagascar||2 907.57 MGA (Ariary)|