Sumatra Coffee Export Drops in 2020 Due to the Pandemic



Laila Afifa

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  • TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The coffee export volume from North Sumatra in 2020 reportedly experienced a drop compared to the pre-pandemic 2019. The region recorded coffee exports up to 53,585 tons worth US$259.114 compared to 2019's exports of up to 61,676 tons (US$337.293).

    “In 2019, the coffee export volume reached 61,676 tons worth US$337.293,” said the North Sumatra Indonesian Coffee Exporters Association (AEKI) chairperson Saidul Alam on January 6.

    The drop in export volume of coffees is also due to the drop in demand from top coffee importer countries such as the United States, Japan, and China.

    The export of arabica coffee beans in 2020 amounts to 58,674 tons, which has dominated the regions' coffee export which is in line with the steadily declining production of robusta coffees. He said that the 2021 coffee exports remain unpredictable due to the prolonged effects of the pandemic which has hampered global trade.

    “Our hope is for the resurgence of coffee export volume and value in 2021, even though it is still questionable due to the Covid-19 pandemic,” said the AEKI chairperson. 

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