Dutch onion exports are not very smooth at the moment. "We have not been very busy recently, although it depends on the destination market. In general, the second half of the onion season has not brought us good sales to traders in recent years," says a company manager in dutch
"The Brazilian market, to which we were able to send good quantities in other years, has not been importing large volumes at any time of the season. We continue to export some batches to Africa, and I hope to send the last onions to Spain this week, two destinations that have been buying onions for longer than expected.
"In general, the season has been quite good. Prices are still around 20 cents for the thick and medium sizes. In terms of quality, expectations have been exceeded. There have been some quality problems with the early onions, but with the seed onions, we have had no complaints," says the exporter. "The export of potatoes has been constant this year since we have regular customers in this market segment."
According to René, it is not easy to know if all the volumes of onions will find a buyer this year. "In general, onions tend to sell out albeit with lower prices. What worries me most are the high container rates. The price of sea shipments has impacted trade, and I don't think this will change in the next few years." six months."