Datamar CEO Andrew Lorimer discusses logistical challenges of fruits exports at international event

Feb, 10, 2023
Andrew Lorimer, CEO da Datamar, apresenta desafios logísticos para exportação de frutas em feira internacional

From February 8th to 10th, Datamar’s CEO, Andrew Lorimer, participated in the thirtieth edition of Fruit Logistica, one of the world’s largest fruits exports trade shows, which takes place in Berlin, Germany.

Fruit Logistica is the world’s largest trade show for the global fruit market, encompassing the entire value chain of the fruit and vegetable industry, from producers to the point of sale. The event’s theme this year was “All in One.” There were 27 pavilions, all focused on current trends and innovations in the global fresh produce industry.

Andrew was one of the speakers at the Logistics Hub. Andrew was one of the Logistics Hub speakers. Located in Pavilion 26, the area featured speakers from various countries who discussed the main issues that currently affect the logistics of maritime, road, and air freight, as well as rail transportation, a sector that has received little attention for a long time.

Fruit exports drop

At the event, Andrew presented data from DataLiner, Datamar’s foreign trade data intelligence system, that included information from Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay, and Chile. Together, the five countries exported 3,899,633 million tonnes of fruits in 2022, down 8% from the previous year.

According to Andrew, the drop in shipments was motivated by several factors, including Europe’s reliance on Russian energy sources, which caused inflation on the continent and a subsequent decline in demand for imported fruits, extreme weather in some regions of South America, which affected agricultural production, and Brazilian transporters’ search for alternatives to send fruit from Latin America to Europe in the face of high freight rates and lack of containers. One of the solutions found was chartering reefer vessels.

Brazilian fruit exports

Andrew also highlighted some specific data on the Brazilian fruit trade. The Netherlands was the main buyer of Brazilian fruits in 2022, importing 34,144 TEUs into the country, a 15.7% decrease from 2021. In the same period, the United Kingdom ranked second, seeing a 19.1% drop in shipments. Spain is the third-largest importer of Brazilian fruits, with 9,106 TEUs received in 2022, a 28.7% decrease from the previous year.

See the top five destinations for Brazilian fruits below:

Datamar CEO Andrew Lorimer discusses logistical challenges of fruits exports at international event

The figures presented by Andrew reveal that, after years of growth, fruit exports from Brazil fell by 24.4% in 2022 compared to 2021.

Another data presented by the CEO of Datamar was the participation share of fruits in refrigerated cargoes exported by Brazil in 2022: 9.8%.

See below Brazil’s most prominent cargoes exported in reefer containers, as well as the participation of fruits in this type of shipment, in the table below. The data was collected by Datamar’s Business Intelligence team.

Datamar CEO Andrew Lorimer discusses logistical challenges of fruits exports at international event

Fruit Logistica 2024

Fruit Logistica 2022 established itself as an international meeting place for the industry, with 4 out of 5 professionals in the audience coming from abroad.

This year’s edition of Fruit Logistica received 63,470 visitors and buyers from over 140 countries and 2,610 exhibitors from 92 countries and brought together the leading players in the sector.

The next edition of Fruit Logistica should happen from February 7th to 9th, 2024. To learn more about the event, visit:

A short profile on Andrew 

Andrew Lorimer has been CEO of Datamar since 2008. Prior to that, he served as managing director of the company and manager of Oil Export Analysis at Lloyd’s List Intelligence in London. He studied Economics at Heriot-Watt University in Scotland

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