Brazil ships 13,6 million coffee bags over the year until May

Brazil ships 13,6 million coffee bags over the year until May

Volume represents decline of 19% when compared with the same interval of 2022 and reflects a slower harvest start and few remaining coffees after two smaller harvests

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The Brazilian shipments totalized 2,448 million 60 kg coffee bags in May, creating an exchange income of US$ 544,8 million. Since then, in comparison with the fifth month of 2022, were registered setbacks of 17,4% in volume and 22,6% in value. In that sense, the data came from the monthly statistic report of the Brazil Council of Coffee Exporters (Cecafé).

With this performance, the national coffee shipments over the 11 months of the years 2022/2023 harvests, arrived at 32,977 million bags. Which implies a decline of 9,7% in comparison of the 36,501 million measured between July 2021 and May 2022.

Now the revenue, reflecting the biggest average price of the product in the current interval – US$228,83/bag against US$202,47/bag -, advances 2,1% in the same comparison, adding US$7,546 billion.

Civil year

Beforehand, from January to the end of May of 2023, Brazil shipped 13, 577 million bags. In other words, a volume 19,3% inferior to the measured in the five first months of the last year (16,823 million). Furthermore, the exchange income was of US$ 2,958 billion, retreating 24,4% in comparison of the US$ 3,910 billion observed in a previous identical period.

According with Cecafé president, Márcio Ferreira, the product’s harvest in the country approached 20% of the predicted at the end of May. Therefore, being around 10 percentual points below the average in the last five years.

“This fact, allied with the few remaining coffee after smaller harvests in 2021 and 2022, significantly affected by climatic adversities, remembering that may is the penultimate month of the 2021/2022 harvest, interfere in this current smaller performance of the shipments”, explain.

Coffee bags

In that sense, Ferreira notes that, with the progress of the entry of coffee from the season 2023/2024, we’ll probably see an evolution in the volumes sent from Brazil to the exterior on the next months.

“The national coffee belt did not suffer climatic impacts up to this moment and the perspectives are good for the new harvest, with clients demonstrating a lot of interest in buying our arabicas”, he says.

Even so, Cecafé’s president recalls that, on the first months of the year, the Brazilian variety, regarding scarcity, came to be traded at a premium in the New York Stock Exchange. This way, having substantial reduction in business.

“With the arrival of the new harvest, though, the differentials have been adjusting to historic levels, with more negotiations. Which will reflect on bigger volumes of shipments when compared to the ones we’ve seen on the first five months of the year”, he projects.

Price differentials

According to Ferreira, the Brazilian coffees robusta and conilon have been reaching price differentials close of those from Vietnam, which can heat up the international varieties market.

“The years in a row of good volumes harvested and the significative highs reached in the stock market, in special by the expectation of failure in the Indonesia Harvest, making the scenery also be favorable to the canephoras. Because, with more attractive differential, it has occurred more frequent demand of that variety. Which should speed up the volumes of shipments starting on June” he completes.

Main destination           

At first, in the five first months of 2023, the United States stand as the main consumer of Brazilian coffee. That with the acquisition of 2,512 million coffee bags, volume 23,1% inferior to the registered on the same period in 2022. In short, this amount is equal to 18,5% to the total Brazilian shipments on this interval.

After that, comes Germany. With representativeness of 12,5%, the European country bought 1,691 million coffee bags (-46%) and occupied second place in the ranking.

In sequence, comes Italy, with the acquisition of 1,110 million bags (-21,7%), and Japan, with 837, 437 bags (+14,2%). Belgium, with 630,260 bags (-62,3%), and Colombia, with 538,071 bags (-2,9%).

From the seventh to the tenth places, the performance is positive, with those nations increasing their coffee acquisitions from Brazil.

Turkey, for example, imported 460,446 bags, raising in 34,9% their purchases in comparison with the five first months of 2022. It is followed by Netherlands, with 422.277 bags (+43,6%); Argentina, with 379.418 bags (+23,4%); and France, with 377.376 coffee bags (+7,7%).

Strong growth

By economic blocs, above all else, deserve emphasis the evolution of 15,1% registered for Asia, pulled by positive performances from Japan and Turkey. Besides the strong growth from China.

“The Chinese imported 281.329 Brazilian coffee bags from January to May of this year. Which represents an increase of 99,2% in the same interval previous year. And classifies the nation as the 14º main destination of the product”, points out the president of Cecafé.

Besides that, other groups that stood out positively were the Middle East and Arab countries, that increased their purchases in 35,4% and 50,2%, respectfully.

“In countries from those regions, there is a very intense characteristic of consuming rio coffee. And Brazil is practically the only country that produces arabica coffee with that characteristic of beverage, being a loyal supplier and in quantity to those destinations,” concludes Ferreira.


Primordially, the Santos maritime complex (SP) stays as the main coffee exporter of Brazil from January to May 2023. With the shipment of 10,379 million bags to the exterior, which equals to 76,4% of the total.

In the sequence, appear the harbor from Rio de Janeiro, that answer for 18,5% of the shipments by shipping 2,506 million bags. And Paranaguá (PR), with the shipment of 198.640 coffee bags and representativeness of 1,5%.

Types of Coffee

The same way, the arabica coffee was the most exported between January to the end of May of this year, with volume equal to 11,466 million bags, which corresponds to 84,5% of the total.

As well as the solvable segment had the corresponding of 1,567 million of bags shipped, with representativeness of 11,5%. Followed by the canephora variety (robusta + conilon), with 526.065 bags (3,9%) and by the toasted product and toasted and minced, with 18.047 (0,1%).

Differentiated coffee

In other words, the coffees that possesses superior quality or sustainable practices certificate answered by 17,7% of the total Brazilian exports of the product on the first five months of 2023. That with the shipping of 2,398 million bags to the exterior.

That way, the volume represents a decline of 4,6% in comparison with the same period during the previous year.

Even more, the average price of this product was of US$ 247,66 for each coffee bag, providing a revenue of US$ 594 million from January to the end of May. Which corresponds to 20,1% of the obtained with the total shipments. In the annual comparison, the value is 22,6% lower than the one measured during the same interval last year.

Special coffee Shipment

Above all else, on the ranking of the main destinations for differentiated coffee during the first five months this year, the United Estates are on the lead, with the acquisition of 665.389 bags. Which equals 27,7% of the total of this kind of product shipped.

Closing the top 5, comes Germany, with 329.266 bags and representativeness of 13,7%; Belgium, with 250.734 bags (10,5%); Netherlands, with 116.615 bags (4,9%); and Italy, with 115.571 bags (4,8%).

In conclusion, the complete report of coffee shipments from Brazil, up to the end of may 2023, is available on Cecafé’s website.