Aug-Sep 2018/19 domestic almond shipments, at 117 million pounds, were just shy of last season’s record volume for the first two months of the marketing year, but export shipments of 206 million pounds began 2018/19 down 15 percent year over year. Shipments to China totaled 18 million pounds, down 38 percent from last season to date. Western European countries imported fewer almonds, as well, with total shipments of 66 million pounds down 16 percent. Exports to India were higher, however, at 56 million pounds vs. 51 million pounds during Aug-Sep 2017/18.
The marketing year for walnuts also saw a slow start last month. Domestic shipments of shelled walnuts, at 16 million pounds, were up 19 percent from September 2017, and exports of 5.5 million pounds were up 9 percent, but movement of in-shell walnuts was sharply lower year over year. As a result, total domestic shipments, based on in-shell equivalence, were down 1 percent from a year ago, and exports were down 6 percent.
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