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Africa coffee exports drop 1.1 percent as Uganda and Tanzania register growth

KAMPALA, September 8, 2023 – Exports of all forms of coffee from Africa decreased by 1.1 percent to 1.37 million bags in July 2023 from 1.39mln bags in July 2022, the International Coffee Organisation [ICO] says in its Coffee Market Report for August 2023.

According to the report, for the first 10 months of the current coffee year, exports totalled 10.84mln bags as compared with 11.27mln bags in coffee year 2021/22, down 3.8 percent. Once again, however, the relatively shallow negative growth rate of the region masked the dynamic changes at the individual country level.

The ICO report says Uganda and Tanzania experienced strong positive growth rates with a combined 23.6 percent increase in July 2023 coffee exports, while Ivory Coast and Ethiopia experienced a sharp decrease of a combined 26.7 percent.

Uganda’s exports increased by 12.0 percent in July, which were driven by a good crop harvest in the South-Western region, and exporters releasing their stocks.

Coffee exports in July 2023 amounted to 645,832 60-kilo bags, worth US$ 104.99mln. This comprised 586,871 bags of Robusta valued at US$ 92.59mln and 58,961 bags of Arabica valued at US$ 12.40mln

“In Ethiopia, contract disputes arising out of a mismatch between the local purchasing prices and the global market prices continue to negatively impact the volume exports, with exporters withholding the coffee until the disputes are resolved.”

Meanwhile, ICO says global green bean exports in July 2023 totalled 9.31mln bags, as compared with 9.3mln bags in the same month of the previous year, up 0.1 percent. As a result, the cumulative total for 2022/23 to July is 93.56mln bags, as compared with 99.2mln bags over the same period a year ago, down 5.7 percent.

Green bean exports of the Brazilian Naturals increased in July 2023, rising by 2.8 percent to 2.6mln bags. For the first 10 months of coffee year 2022/23, green bean exports of the Brazilian Naturals amounted to 28.4mln bags, down 9.7 percent from 31.45mln bags over the same period a year ago.

Changes to the fortunes of the Brazilian Naturals are mainly due to changes in Brazil’s total green bean exports, the biggest producer and exporter of the Brazilian Naturals, which also increased in July 2023 [10.8 percent] to 2.7mln bags from 2.43mln bags in July 2022.

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