Washington apple exports drop substantially in 2020-21

Associated Press

YAKIMA, Wash. – Washington state apple industry officials have said the fruit’s exports have dropped substantially compared to recent years’ figures.

The state exported 18.8 million 40-pound (about 18 kilogram) boxes of apples from the 2020-21 crop as of last week, which is down 20.5% from this time last year and down 16.4% compared to the 2018-19 shipping season, according to data from the Washington Apple Commission.

And while nearly 28% of state-produced apples were shipped abroad in the 2018-19 season, exports for the 2020 crop are expected to fall below 25%.

Those would be the lowest export numbers since the 2003-04 crop season, when they were

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