Orange juice exports from Brazil have soared year-on-year for the month of May, according to official data. Exports for the month reached 121,870 tonnes for the month, an increase of 44.8% year-on-year. The figures represent a fall against April, however, of 9.9%.

Figures from the country's Foreign Trade Secretariat, SECEX, collected by the Brazilian Citrus Exporters Association, showed that cumulative orange juice exports for the 2003-04 crop year, ending June 2004, reached 1.254 m tonnes, an increase of 20.9% year-on-year.

Sales to the European Union rose by 39.6% year-on-year to 907,801 tonnes for the year, although exports to the North American Free Agreement member countries fell by 24.2% to 160,401 tonnes.

Shipments of orange juice to Asia increased by 4.1% to 127,052 tonnes, with sales to the South American Mercosur trade block leapt by 500% to 2,665 tonnes.

The exporters association predicts Brazil's 2004 orange juice exports to hit 1.1 m tonnes, flat on the previous year.