|Coffee harvest in the Central Highlands province of Dak Lak|
According to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, some 1.57 million tonnes of coffee were sold abroad for US$2.98 billion during the January-October period, up 21.3% in volume and 0.9% in value as compared to the same time last year.
The average coffee price in the ten-month period fell 16.2% to US$1,901 per tonne.
Germany and the US remained the biggest coffee importers of Vietnam, with market share of 12.5% and 9.6%, respectively. Coffee shipments to Germany rose 14.4 in terms of volume, but decreased 6.6% in value. Meanwhile, coffee exports to the US declined 3.6% in quantity and 20 percent in value.
The International Coffee Organisation (ICO) said that coffee production during the 2017-2018 crop was estimated to grow 5.7% to 164.81 million bags. Brazil was the largest coffee producer in the period, followed by Vietnam and Indonesia.
Coffee supply was 2.58 million bags higher than demand, pulling coffee price down to 111.51 US cents per pound from 132.43 US cents per pound recorded in the 2016-2017 crop. Currently, coffee volume remains high in stocks of many importers, ICO said.
Since mid-October, Vietnamese coffee bean has been sold at around VND35,600-VND36,700 per kilogramme, which goes up slightly but is still lower than average prices of the previous years.
Vietnam’s coffee scarcity and Indonesia’s export limitation sparked an increase in coffee prices, experts said, but there is no bright prospect for coffee prices in the 2018-2019 crop due to abundant supply.