Brazil Coffee Exports Fell 20.3% in May to 2.6M Bags, Cecafe Says

By Jeffrey T. Lewis

SÃO PAULO–Brazilian coffee exports fell in May as logistics problems and customs issues slowed the process, according to exporters group Cecafe.

The South American country exported 2.6 million 132-pound bags of coffee last month, a decrease of 20.3% from the same month a year earlier, Cecafe said Friday. Sales abroad of the arabica variety of coffee fell 16.5% to 2.1 million bags, while exports of robusta beans fell 40.9% from May 2020 to 287,627 bags.

A shortage of containers and problems at Brazil’s customs service caused delays in some cases, the group said.

Exports of ground, roasted and instant coffee fell 18.5% to 275.111 bags, Cecafe said.

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